Three Essex soldiers killed in suicide blast

THREE soldiers believed to have been based at Colchester garrison have been killed in Afghanistan.

THREE soldiers from Colchester Garrison have been killed in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defence said the latest deaths bring the number of UK troops killed in the war-torn country since 2001 to 100.

The men, from 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, were on foot patrol near their Helmand Province base when they were killed in a suicide attack.

Another man was injured in the blast. Their next of kin have been informed.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup has paid tribute to the 100 “professional” and “brave” servicemen who have died.

Defence Secretary Des Browne expressed his sympathy for the relatives, comrades and friends of the three soldiers killed today.

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He said: “My thoughts at this time are also with the loved ones of each and every one of the 100 courageous members of the British Armed Forces who have now lost their lives in Afghanistan.

“They gave their lives securing freedom and stability, not just for the people of Afghanistan but, as the tragic events of 9/11 showed, for all of us. We will never forget them.”