March 22nd, 2010
10:10 AM ET

Two killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan

[Updated at 10:10 a.m.] The  NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said there was a second death Monday in a separate IED attack in southern Afghanistan, but no further details were released.

[Posted at 6:57 a.m.] A British soldier was killed Monday in an explosion in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, the British Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

The soldier was assigned to A Company, 3rd Battalion The Rifles, and was serving as part of the 3 Rifles Battle Group, the ministry said. He was operating in support of a foot patrol when he was struck by an IED as he was crossing a bridge, according to Task Force Helmand Lt. Col. David Wakefield.

The explosion occurred in an area 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) south of Sangin district center, the ministry said.

The soldier's next of kin have been informed, but have requested a grace period before the release of further details.
His death brings to 276 the number of British troops who have died in Afghanistan since 2001.

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  1. jack

    May the soldiers family and friends find solice and comfort in knowing he laid his life on the line for freedom. God Bless this soldier.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Onesmallvoice

    One more case for this right-wing lynch mob mentality and as to be expected,the right-wing thugs in Washington will milk it for what it's worth.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |