Six British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan when their Warrior armoured vehicle hit a roadside bomb. The attack is the heaviest single British loss in Afghanistan since 2006 and takes the total number of British fatalities to 404. It happened on the road between Gereshk and Lashkar Gah.
Responding to the news, British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “This is a desperately sad day for our country and desperately sad of course for the families concerned. It is a reminder of the huge price that we’re paying, for the work that we’re doing in Afghanistan. The sacrifice that our troops have made and continue to make.”
Mr Cameron added that he would be discussing Afghanistan with US President Obama during his forthcoming trip to the US to ensure that they were “in lock step” about training the Afghan army and police in the run up to military withdrawal from the country which is expected at the end of 2014.
The UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that the attack would not change the British timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan
Five of the soldiers were from the 3rd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment and one from the Ist Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s regiment.