London: Two British soldiers were killed
by a homemade bomb while on patrol in southern Afghanistan,
defence officials in London said on Saturday.
The Royal Marines, from 42 Commando, were on an
operation yesterday with Afghan forces to clear parts of Nad-e
Ali district in Helmand province when they were hit by the
blast, the defence ministry said in a statement.
"It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of two
Royal Marines from 42 Commando Royal Marines in the Loy Mandeh
area of the Nad-e Ali District of Helmand Province," said
British military spokesman Major Rolf Kurth.
"The two Royal Marines were on patrol, disrupting
insurgent activity when they were killed by an explosion
caused by an IED (improvised explosive device)."
Next of kin have been informed, the defence ministry
The deaths bring to 368 the number of British troops
killed since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001.
Britain has about 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, making
it the second-largest contributor after the United States to
the NATO-led coalition.