Three British soldiers killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan
A roadside bomb has killed three British soldiers in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
The soldiers were from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Richard Morgan, said.
They died after their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.
The three soldiers were riding in a Mastif armoured vehicle when they were struck by an improvised explosive device (Julian Simmonds)
They received immediate medical attention and were evacuated by air to the Military Hospital at Camp Bastion but could not be saved.
"Their deaths come as a great loss to all those serving in Task Force Helmand. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to their family and friends at this difficult time," Maj Morgan said.
Next of kin have been informed.
The soldiers were in a vehicle searching for IEDs on a tarmac surface when the device exploded.
The deaths come just two days after the Taliban launched its spring offensive, saying it would take aim at British, US and other foreign military bases and diplomatic areas.
The militant group's leadership vowed that "every possible tactic will be utilised in order to detain or inflict heavy casualties on the foreign transgressors."
A total of 444 British soldiers and 2,207 US troops have died since fighting began in the country back in 2001.
The Taliban and other insurgent groups make heavy use of roadside bombs. They are among the deadliest weapons in the Afghan war for civilians.
Far to the north, in Archi district in the province of Kunduz, a roadside bomb killed two people, including a local police commander who had been credited with reducing the number of insurgent attacks in his area, said Abdul Nazar, a local council member.
Commander Miran and his driver were killed and two other police officers wounded when the car they were driving toward Kunduz City was destroyed by a bomb hidden by the road, said Nazar.