British woman killed in Afghanistan

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  • First British woman dies in Afghanistan

    Four soldiers, including one woman, have died in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan.

    The attack marks the first British female soldier to lose her life in the warring country.

    The soldiers were taking part in an operation east of Lasjkar Gah in Helmand province when their vehicle was hit yesterday.

    The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that one of the soldiers killed was from the Intelligence Corps, and that the soldiers’ next of kin have been informed.

    This is the biggest single loss of life for British forces in Afghanistan since September 2006, when 14 personnel were killed when an RAF Nimrod came down near Kandahar.

    A spokesman told the Telegraph: ‘It is with deep regret that the MoD must confirm the deaths of one Intelligence Corps soldier and three other British soldiers in Afghanistan.

    ‘The soldiers were taking part in a deliberate operation east of Lashkar Gah when the vehicle in which they were travelling was caught in an explosion at approximately 3.40pm yesterday.

    ‘Tragically, three soldiers were killed in the incident and a further two wounded.

    ‘The medical emergency response team were mobilised and evacuated all casualties to the ISAF medical facility at Camp Bastion.

    ‘Sadly one of the two injured soldiers was pronounced dead on arrival. The fifth soldier is receiving treatment for his wounds and is in a stable condition.’

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