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Total of 404 UK service personnel killed in Afghanistan

Today's tragedy brings the total number of UK service personnel killed in Afghanistan to 404. Military operations began there in 2001 and since that time our region has played an important part.

It's also paid a heavy price. Many of those killed in the conflict were proud to call the West their home. As many lined up today to pay tribute to their bravery,

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Press pack gather at soldiers' Wiltshire base

The media gather at Battlesbury Barracks in Warminster Credit: Ian Axton

Flags are flying at half mast in the garrison town of Warminster where the missing soldiers were based. A service is to be held at St Lawrence Chapel in the town at 5 pm this evening. Five books of condolence will be opened in the church when the men are identified.

Warminster remembers its lost

Flags are flying at half mast in the garrison town of Warminster where the missing soldiers were based. A service is to be held at St Lawrence Chapel in the town at 5 pm this evening. Five books of condolence will be opened in the church when the men are identified.

Our Wiltshire reporter Robert Murphy has spoken to the Mayor of Warminster. She says the whole town council are deeply saddened by the deaths. Rob is following developments in the town and at Battlesbury Barracks where the soldiers are based. You can follow him on twitter.

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Family told of missing soldiers

The family of six soldiers believed to have been killed in Afghanistan have been informed by the Ministry of Defence. The soldiers are missing in the country after the armoured vehicle they were travelling in was caught in an explosion.

Five of the soldiers are from Warminster-based 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. The Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond, has condemned those responsible.

This tragic incident brings home to us the dangers that are faced on a daily basis by the men and women of our Armed Forces deployed in Afghanistan. My thoughts are with the families and friends of the six soldiers who are missing, believed killed.

– Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond
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