Two British soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan

The soldiers, one from The Royal Dragoon Guards and the other from 1st Battalion Scots Guards, were killed by small arms fire, a spokesman said. Their families have been told.

Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: “The soldiers were part of a cordon operation providing security for a routine rotation of troops when they were killed by small arms fire.

“In the courageous and selfless act of attempting to evacuate an injured colleague, they themselves were shot and fatally wounded. They died helping their friends. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten. We will remember them.”

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