Four more UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
London, June 18, IRNA
Four British troops, including an Intelligence Corps soldier, have been killed in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence in London announced Wednesday.
The fatalities included the first British female soldier to die since the start of the war in 2001 to overthrow the Taliban regime.
They were killed when their vehicle was caught in a explosion east of Lashkar Gah, in the Helmand province.
The latest deaths brings the total number of British troops killed so far in June to nine, the highest monthly total since 19 died in September 2006, including 14 in a Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft crash.
On Monday, Defence Secretary Des Browne announced that the government was to increase its force in Afghanistan by 230, taking the total number of British soldiers there to more than 8,000, its highest level so far.
Altogether 106 British forces have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, but almost but seven have died since the UK deployed troops in Helmand for the first time in 2006.
Responding to the latest casualties, Foreign Secretary David Miliband told Sky News that Afghanistan was "a very difficult and dangerous terrain in which they are working."
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