Thursday, 2 May 2013

Death of three British soldiers in Afghanistan a 'hammer-blow'

The deaths of three soldiers in Afghanistan are a "hammer-blow", a spokesman for the battalion in which the men served has said. A bomb killed Cpl William Savage and Fusilier Samuel Flint from the Royal Highland Fusiliers, the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment Of Scotland. Pte Robert Hetherington, of the 51st Highland, 7th Battalion, a Territorial Army member, was also killed. Pte Hetherington had joined the 2nd battalion to go to Afghanistan. Maj Tim Petransky said Pte Hetherington "embodied the ethos of the Territorial Army, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us". He described the mood in the battalion as "sombre but determined". "Our thoughts are with the families of these brave men". "I know that the battalion, its families and the regiment as a whole will, with great stoicism, pride and professionalism carry on in a manner that would have made our three men proud." The three soldiers died after their Mastiff armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province in Afghanistan on Tuesday. It is the first time soldiers travelling in a Mastiff have died, the Ministry of Defence said. The vehicle is considered one of the safest armoured vehicles in use by the British Army. Six other soldiers were injured in the explosion. Read More HERE  R.I.P.