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PM statement on Afghanistan incident

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Six soldiers are missing, believed killed, in an incident involving an explosion in Helmand.

Prime Minister David Cameron has made a statement following the Ministry of Defence reports that six soldiers are missing, believed killed, in an incident involving an explosion against an armoured vehicle on the 6th March 2012 in the Task Force Helmand Area of Operations, Afghanistan. 

The Prime Minister said: 

This is a desperately sad day for our country and desperately sad of course for the families concerned. 

It is a reminder of the huge price that we are paying for the work we are doing in Afghanistan and the sacrifice that our troops have made and continue to make. 

I do believe it’s important work for our national security right here at home but of course this work will increasingly be carried out by Afghan soldiers and we all want to see that transition take place. 

But today we should think of the families.