11:52 01 May 2013
Three troops from Britain have been killed after a bomb went off at the roadside in Helmand, Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. The soldiers’ next of kin has been told of their tragic deaths.
The three British soldiers, who were from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, were reportedly travelling along the road when their vehicle hit an ‘improvised explosive device’.
It is believed that a number of individuals were also injured as a result of the roadside blast, including persons from Afghanistan.
A spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Richard Morgan, said: “It is with deep sadness that I must confirm that three soldiers from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, have died after their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.”
He added: “Their deaths come as a great loss to all those serving in Task Force Helmand.
“Our thoughts and prayers are extended to their family and friends at this difficult time.”
It is understood Afghanistan officials undertake more and more hunts for improvised explosive devices.
The country’s officials will be following on from international teams when it comes to security once foreign troops withdraw from Afghanistan.
The number of people to have died in Afghanistan from Britain since 2001 stands at 444.
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