Two British soldiers dead after Afghanistan incidents

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Two British soldiers have died after separate incidents in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday.

One, serving with Gurkha Reinforcement Company 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire), was involved in a "helicopter incident" in a patrol base in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Tuesday, the ministry said.

He was treated for his injuries in Afghanistan before being flown back to Britain where he died in hospital in Birmingham, central England, on Thursday.

The second soldier, from 21 Engineer Regiment, was killed by small arms fire in the violence-torn Sangin district of Helmand Province on Friday.

The soldiers' relatives have been informed.

The deaths bring to 330 the number of British troops killed since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Around 9,500 British troops are in Afghanistan, making them the second largest contingent of the 150,000-strong international force battling Taliban militants.

© 2010 AFP

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