Five soldiers from 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment believed dead after explosion in Afghanistan
FIVE soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment are missing, presumed dead, after a blast ripped through their vehicle in Afghanistan.
The explosion happened in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province, on Tuesday.
A sixth soldier from 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment also missing, presumed dead.
Further details, including the names and hometowns of the soldiers, may be released today.
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The families have been informed, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
Kevin Shoesmith, who has been reporting for the Mail this week after he was embedded with British soldiers in Lashkar Gah, said: “The threat from insurgents is everywhere in Afghanistan.
“But many see Lashkar Gah, a built-up district, as reasonably safe.
“It was the first district to be ‘transitioned’ - in other words, Afghans are now responsible for providing their own security here.
“This tragedy will send shockwaves through Whitehall.
“It is a sobering reminder the insurgency, although weakened, is still capable of striking at the heart of efforts to stabilise this country.”
Kevin Shoesmith in Afghanistan