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Two UK soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan

British troops in Afghanistan
Image caption Almost 300 UK soldiers have died in Afghanistan since operations began

Two UK soldiers from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment have been shot dead in separate incidents in Afghanistan.

They died while on patrol in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province on Tuesday. Next of kin have been told.

Their deaths bring the total number of UK troops killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to 298.

They follow that of a Royal Marine from 40 Commando who died in hospital from injuries sustained in conflict.

Lt Col James Carr-Smith, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "Both soldiers were part of security patrols that were involved in operations to improve freedom of movement for local nationals in Nad Ali, Helmand province, when they were killed by small arms fire.

"Their bravery and boldness in the face of danger will not be forgotten.

"They died in the course of their duty, amongst their comrades and whilst improving the lives of ordinary Afghans. We will remember them."

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