Two British soldiers killed in explosion

TWO British soldiers have been killed and six members of Nato forces injured following an explosion in Afghanistan.The Ministry of Defence revealed today that the soldiers, one from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and the other from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment were killed in an attack in Helmand Province yesterday.

TWO British soldiers have been killed and six members of Nato forces injured following an explosion in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defence revealed today that the soldiers, one from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and the other from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment were killed in an attack in Helmand Province yesterday.

News of the British fatalities came as American forces launched a massive pre-dawn operation in Taliban-controlled areas of Helmand.

One of the dead soldiers was serving with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, the other was a member of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment.

The soldiers' next of kin have been informed and more details will be released later.

The deaths took the number of UK servicemen and women who have died in Afghanistan since the start of operations in October 2001 to 171.