by Danielle Garrett
Three British soldiers have been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan – the single deadliest attack on troops this year.
The group from the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland were travelling in an armoured vehicle in Helmand Province on Tuesday when they were hit by a roadside bomb. Next of kin have been informed.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed the soldiers were taken to the Military Hospital at Camp Bastion, but were pronounced dead soon after receiving medical attention.
Major Richard Morgan, spokesman for Task Force Helmand says: “Their deaths come as a great loss to all those serving in Task Force Helmand. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to their family and friends at this difficult time.
Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking on Daybreak, said the country has paid a ‘very high price’ for the work it is doing, but measures need to be taken to make sure that Afghanistan is secured against threats.
The latest casualties come three days after the Taliban said it would launch a ‘spring offensive’ against troops, and this time of year has in the past marked an upsurge in fighting between the Taliban and Nato forces.