US bomb kills 3 Brit soldiers in Afghanistan
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Britain's Ministry of Defence says three British soldiers were killed in southern Afghanistan when a US aircraft supporting them in a battle against the Taliban dropped a bomb.
The soldiers were on a mission to disrupt Taliban activity north west of Kajaki, in the lawless Helmand province. Two other soldiers were injured.
The incident on Thursday (local time) takes the number of British deaths in Afghanistan since the Taliban was toppled in 2001 to 73.
"Their patrol was attacked by Taliban insurgents and during the intense engagement that ensued, close air support was called in from two US F15 aircraft to repel the enemy," the ministry said in a statement.
"A single bomb was dropped and it is believed the explosion killed all three soldiers, who were declared dead at the scene."
An investigation into the incident has begun.
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