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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.


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

West soldiers feared dead in Afghanistan

Five Warminster-based soldiers are missing, believed killed, in Afghanistan. They were part of a group of six travelling in an armoured vehicle, which was caught in an explosion.The soldiers are from 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, an armoured infantry unit based in Warminster.

If the servicemen are confirmed dead, it would take the total number of British forces personnel or MoD civilians who have died serving in the region to more than 400 since the start of operations in October 2001. A soldier from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment is also missing.

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