Two British soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan; toll nears 300

Two British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan today taking the toll to nearly 300 since the operations against Taliban began.

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2010, 21:26 PM IST

London: Two British soldiers were killed
in Afghanistan today taking the toll to nearly 300 since the
operations against Taliban began.

Both the soldiers belonged to 1st Battalion The Duke
of Lancaster`s Regiment and were shot dead in separate
incidents in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province. Next of
kin have been told.
Their deaths bring the total number of UK troops
killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to 298.

They follow that of a Royal Marine from 40 Commando
who died from injuries sustained in conflict in a UK hospital.

Lt Col James Carr-Smith, spokesman for Task Force
Helmand, said: "Both soldiers were part of security patrols
that were involved in operations to improve freedom of
movement for local nationals in Nad Ali, Helmand province,
when they were killed by small arms fire.

"Their bravery and boldness in the face of danger will
not be forgotten."
"They died in the course of their duty, amongst their
comrades and whilst improving the lives of ordinary Afghans.
We will remember them," Smith was quoted as saying by BBC.

PTI