Four Royal Marines killed in Afghanistan
A Military Operations news article
12 Dec 08
It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that four Royal Marines were killed in two separate incidents in the Sangin area of Helmand province this morning, 12 December 2008.
In one incident, one Royal Marine from 45 Commando was killed as a result of an explosion in the Sangin area this morning. He was taking part in a routine patrol. Unfortunately he died of his wounds while being taken to the military hospital at Camp Bastion.
In a separate incident, three Royal Marines, two from 45 Commando and one from Commando Logistics Regiment, were killed as a result of an explosion south of Sangin.
They were taking part in a routine operation against enemy forces in the area. Sadly one Royal Marine died instantly, a second died of his wounds before he could be evacuated and the third died of his wounds in the hospital at Camp Bastion.
Spokesperson for Task Force Helmand, Commander Paula Rowe, said:
"Today is an incredibly sad day for Task Force Helmand. The tragic deaths of these Royal Marines have come as a huge blow to us all. Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things to go through. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to their families, friends and comrades at this terrible time."
Next of kin have been informed and there will be a period of grace before further details are released. (Royal Marines)
"Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those brave men who died in the service of their country. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude. This is a tragic loss," [Prime Minister Gordon Brown] said.(BBC)