Two UK troopers killed in Afghan province of Helmand

Press TV
Two UK troopers, including a female soldier, have been killed in the southern province of Helmand in Afghanistan, officials say.

“A British Royal marine and a British (female) soldier died from wounds they received during a patrol in NahreSaraj district in Helmand,” said spokesman for the NATO-led military alliance, Hagen Messers, on Thursday.

Two British soldiers were also killed in separate incidents in southern Afghanistan on September 21. 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.

According to independent website icasualties.org, at least 363 foreign forces have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year.

A total of 566 US-led forces died in Afghanistan in 2011. However, 2010 remains the deadliest year for foreign military casualties, recording a death toll of 711.

The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other members of the Western military alliance of NATO, undermining public support for the US-led war.