Five coalition service members killed in Afghanistan

By BNO News

KABUL (BNO NEWS) — Five coalition service members were killed in northern, eastern and southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday.

All except one of the casualties were killed as a result of three separate insurgent attacks. Two of the fatalities were identified as British soldiers, while the nationalities of the other casualties were not immediately released.

The British soldiers, from The Queen’s Royal Lancers and the Royal Engineers serving as part of Combined Force Lashkar Gah, were killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) struck their vehicle patrol in the Lashkar Gah District of Helmand Province, in southern Afghanistan.

“It is with great sadness I must inform you that a soldier from the Queen’s Royal Lancers and a soldier from the Royal Engineers were killed [..] west of Lashkar Gah,” said Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, a spokesman for Task Force Helmand. “They were attached to the 1st Battalion Scots Guards Battlegroup. The soldiers were part of a ground domination patrol when they were struck by an explosion. They will be greatly missed and their sacrifice will not be forgotten. We will remember them.”

ISAF said three other service members also died on Saturday. Two of the casualties were killed as a result of two separate insurgent attacks in northern and eastern Afghanistan, while a third died as a result of a non-battle injury in southern Afghanistan.

“It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities,” ISAF said in a statement.

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