Six UK Soldiers Feared Killed In Afghan Blast

March 7, 2012 by staff 

Six UK Soldiers Feared Killed In Afghan Blast, Six British soldiers have been killed after an explosion hit their armoured vehicle in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said. The blast struck a Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle on the border of Helmand and Kandahar, near the town of Lashkar Gah, on Tuesday.

The group – which included five soldiers from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and one from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment – was on a mounted patrol.

The Warrior is among the best protected of all the vehicles on offer to British soldiers and is fitted with heavy armour.

Read Sky’s Mark Stone’s profile of the British Army’s Warrior vehicle

The MoD has said the soldiers are missing, presumed dead, while the recovery operation continues.

The soldiers’ families have been informed.

Sky’s defence and security editor Sam Kiley said this is the first time a Warrior has been destroyed in Afghanistan.

It is understood there were two of the huge, heavily armoured vehicles travelling in a convoy on Highway One but the second Warrior was not hit by the blast.

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