Six soldiers named

The Ministry of Defence have named the six soldiers missing believed killed in Afghanistan.

The six soldiers were in a Warrior armoured vehicle in Helmand Province when it was caught in a massive Taliban bomb blast on Tuesday.

They have been named as:

  • Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's
  • RegimentCorporal Jake Hartley, 20, 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment
  • Private Anthony Frampton, 20, 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment
  • Private Christopher Kershaw, 19, 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment
  • Private Daniel Wade, 20, 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment
  • Private Daniel Wilford, 21, 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment

Their deaths have taken the number of soldiers killed since the Afghan campaign began in 2001 to 404.

The soldiers, who had only been in Afghanistan for a few weeks, were hit by a blast about 25 miles north of Helmand's capital, Lashkar Gah, at 6.30pm local time (2pm UK time).

Ammunition on board the Warrior ignited, causing a fierce fire to burn for many hours. The intensity of the blaze meant rescuers could not get near the vehicle, its charred shell was taken back to the main British base in Helmand, Camp Bastion, yesterday evening.

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Soldiers feared dead

Six British soldiers are missing, believed dead, after an explosion whilst on patrol in Afghanistan.