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Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:35PM
A British soldier in Afghanistan (file photo)

A British soldier in Afghanistan (file photo)

The British Ministry of Defense (MOD) has confirmed that two British soldiers have died in separate incidents in southern Afghanistan. Friday’s incidents bring the death toll for UK servicemen deployed in Afghanistan to 432, the BBC reported. The MOD said that neither of the deaths is thought to be the result of “hostile action” and investigations are underway. One soldier, who died at Camp Bastion in Helmand province, was from the 104 Force Support Battalion attached to 4 Close Support Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. The second one was a soldier from 28 Engineer Regiment, attached to 21 Engineer Regiment at Forward Operating Base Shawqat in Helmand province. The spokesman for Joint Force Support (Afghanistan), Lieutenant Colonel Richard Parry, said, “The condolences of all personnel serving with Joint Force Support are with the soldier’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.” Major Laurence Roche, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said, “This is a tragic day for everyone serving with Task Force Helmand in Afghanistan as we mourn this sad loss of life. Our thoughts are with the soldier’s family and friends during their time of grief and loss.” This year, over 340 foreign troops have been died in the war in Afghanistan. However, 2010 remains the deadliest year for foreign troops with a total death toll of 711. The figure eclipsed the previous record of 521, set in 2009. KA/HGL
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