Two British soldiers- a female soldier from 3 Medical Regiment and a Royal Marine from 40 Commando both serving with Task force Helmand have been killed in Afghanistan.

Maj Martin Creighton, a spokesman in Kabul for NATO's International Security Assistance Force outlined what was known about yesterday's incident.

He told the BBC: "Initial reports, and current operational reports, indicate that this was an insurgent attack in which the British soldier and Royal Marine were killed, but we are aware that there are other interpretations of what happened and Isaf officials are currently working to determine what exactly did happen." He added that the families of the two soldiers have been informed.

Afghan sources told the BBC that the Britons were killed in the Nahr-e Saraj area allegedly by an Afghan ally. Which could mean this was a so called green on blue attack? but other locals dispute this. Their deaths take the total number of UK service members to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 to 435. And the third death of a female soldier since 2008.

More information on these latest British soldiers' deaths and the circumstances surrounding them is expected today from the Ministry of Defence.

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