THREE British soldiers killed on a foot patrol in Afghanistan were caught in a Taliban “daisy chain” trap involving consecutive bomb blasts.
Two of the men died as they attempted to help colleagues injured in an initial explosion in Sangin, Helmand.
Yesterday the Ministry of Defence named the three victims as Captain Mark Hale and Rifleman Daniel Wild of the 2nd Battalion The Rifles, and Lance-Bombardier Matthew Hatton, of the 40th Regiment Royal Artillery.
Hatton, 23, was one of three soldiers wounded by the first blast last Thursday. Wild, 19, and Hale, 42, were attempting to carry Hatton to a helicopter landing zone when a second bomb detonated. Hatton and Wild were killed instantly; Hale died from injuries in hospital at Camp Bastion.
All three were members of a foot patrol that was part of Operation Ghartse Kers 4, intended to provide security for a pre-election
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