Six British soldiers missing, believed killed in Afghanistan

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SIX British soldiers are missing, believed killed, after an explosion hit an armoured vehicle in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The group — which included five soldiers from 3 Yorkshire Regiment and one from 1 The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment — was on a mounted patrol when their Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle was struck in Helmand Province.

If the servicemen are confirmed dead, it would take the total number of British forces personnel or MoD civilians who have died while serving in the war-torn region to more than 400 since the start of operations in October 2001.

It would also become the biggest single loss of life in one incident since the Nimrod crash that killed 14 service personnel in 2006.