Afghanistan war claims lives of two more British troops

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TWO British soldiers have died in Afghanistan.

The two servicemen died in 
separate incidents in the Nad-
e-Ali district of Helmand Province.

The first confirmed casualty was a soldier from 3rd Battalion The Rifles.

He was on patrol yesterday when he was injured in enemy action, dying later in the day, an MoD spokeswoman said.

Officials later confirmed the death of the second, a soldier from 30 Armoured Engineer Squadron, 26 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers, who was killed on Thursday by enemy action while undertaking a construction task.

The deaths were announced by Task Force Helmand spokesman Major Ian Lawrence, who said their loss would be felt by all those who worked alongside them.

Both families have been informed and further details are expected to be released today.

Earlier, the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said three US soldiers were killed in an incident in south-west Afghanistan by “an individual wearing Afghan uniform”.

It was the second so-called “green-on-blue” attack this week, following the death of a Nato service member on Tuesday shot by two gunmen dressed in Afghan Army uniform.

So far this year more than 25 coalition troops have been killed in such attacks.