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ANGLIA NEWS - Two More Members of 1 Royal Anglian are Killed in Afghanistan 2010

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Uploaded on Mar 25, 2010

TWO Royal Anglian soldiers have died in an explosion in Afghanistan, it has been announced.

The pair from 1st Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment were killed yesterday in Musa Qalah in Helmand Province, the Ministry of Defence said.

Families of the men have been informed of the tragedy.

The deaths were not associated with Operation Moshtarak, the recent drive against the Taliban.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel David Wakefield, said: It is with deep sadness I must inform you that a single IED (improvised explosive device) explosion yesterday afternoon killed two British soldiers, both from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, serving as part of the Household Cavalry Regiment Battle Group.

The soldiers were approximately 20 kilometres to the north of Musa Qala district centre and were part of an ongoing operation to clear insurgents from an area where, until recently, the insurgents had held sway.

Their determined courage in the face of the danger from IEDs and the sacrifice they have made will not be forgotten.

The deaths were announced only a day after news of another Royal Anglian soldier's death was made public.

He died at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, at Selly Oak Hospital, in Birmingham on Monday evening.

The Royal Anglians - known as the Vikings - have their headquarters at Gibraltar Barracks in Bury, and have paid a heavy price during hostilities with the loss of 13 men.

The Vikings were the first to suffer a casualty when Pte Darren George, 23, died in April 2002, and incurred the 100th British death of 2009 when Lance Corporal Adam Drane, from Stanningfield, near Bury St Edmunds, was killed on December 7.

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