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Four Royal Marines Killed in AFG (12 Dec 08)

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Four Royal Marines killed in Afghanistan
UK MoD Military Operations news article, 12 Dec 08
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It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that four Royal Marines were killed in two separate incidents in the Sangin area of Helmand province this morning, 12 December 2008.

In one incident, one Royal Marine from 45 Commando was killed as a result of an explosion in the Sangin area this morning.  He was taking part in a routine patrol.  Unfortunately he died of his wounds while being taken to the military hospital at Camp Bastion.

In a separate incident, three Royal Marines, two from 45 Commando and one from Commando Logistics Regiment, were killed as a result of an explosion south of Sangin.

They were taking part in a routine operation against enemy forces in the area.  Sadly one Royal Marine died instantly, a second died of his wounds before he could be evacuated and the third died of his wounds in the hospital at Camp Bastion.

Spokesperson for Task Force Helmand, Commander Paula Rowe, said:

    "Today is an incredibly sad day for Task Force Helmand. The tragic deaths of these Royal Marines have come as a huge blow to us all.  Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things to go through.  Our heartfelt sympathies go out to their families, friends and comrades at this terrible time."

Next of kin have been informed and there will be a period of grace before further details are released.

Taliban takes the credit (Google English)...
....Carried out a martyrdom attack in the eleventh hour this morning for the British soldiers in the infantry Tcherkkan (Sangin) in Helmand province.  In the attack, which was one of the heroes of the Islamic Emirate struggling / Abdel Basset Ali soldiers were on foot patrol mission in the region, killing eight soldiers and wounding several others injured.  After the attack, a squadron of helicopters arrived enemy a large number of British soldiers to the scene and cordoned off the scene with no one allowed to enter and exit the arena....

RIP  :salute:

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