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Monday 14 October 2019

Three British soldiers killed in armoured car

Rowena Mason and Melanie Hall

AN ATTACK on an armoured vehicle in Afghanistan has killed three British soldiers.

The assault resulted in a promise by British Prime Minister David Cameron to re-assess the safety of the vehicles, which he once described as the "best-known protections" against bombs.

He said the armoured patrol cars have a "pretty good record of withstanding blasts from IEDs [improvised explosive devices]".

However, there are fears the Taliban have found a way of overcoming Britain's best-protected armoured vehicle.

"We'll want to look at that carefully," he said. "We have done an enormous amount to improve the quality and quantity of protective vehicles that they use, that our soldiers use out in Afghanistan and this particular one, as I understand it, had a pretty good record of withstanding blasts from IEDs, so I'm sure we'll want to look at that carefully and put in place everything we can to make sure that our brave men and women have the best protective equipment they have."

The men were named as Corporal William Savage and Fusilier Samuel Flint, both from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment Of Scotland (2 Scots), and Private Robert Hetherington, from 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment Of Scotland (7 Scots).

Six other men were injured when the Mastiff vehicle they were in hit an improvised explosive device on a routine patrol in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand Province, yesterday. (© Daily Telgraph, London)

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