Suicide bomber, 13, kills three Royal Marines (Afghanistan)
Security Correspondent -Three Royal Marines were blown up in Afghanistan yesterday - by a suicide bomber aged 13.
A fourth died in a nearby blast while a squaddie in Iraq is feared to have shot himself - our forces' blackest day for two years.
The boy bomber is thought to have been unaware a barrow he was innocently pushing towards the Brits near Sangin in lawless Helmand province was full of explosives. A military source revealed last night: "The youngster almost certainly had no idea what he was doing."
It is not the first time the Taliban has used unsuspecting kids in the Sangin area as unwitting suicide bombers.
An hour before yesterday morning's blast, another Marine lost his life a few miles away when his vehicle struck a landmine.
Meanwhile, a soldier with 20 Armoured Brigade was found shot dead at the British contingency operating base in Basra.
He is feared to have taken his own life - eight days after fellow Brit L/Cpl David Wilson, 27, also did so at the complex.
Yesterday's five deaths are the most suffered by our armed services in one day since 14 perished in a 2006 Nimrod air tragedy in Afghanistan.
They bring to 132 the total of British service personnel killed in Afghanistan since the Taliban was ousted from power in 2001.
The number to have lost their lives in Iraq since 2003 now stands at 178.
L/Cpl Wilson, of 9 Regiment Army Air Corps, was found dead on December 4, just 11 weeks after fiancee Michelle Curry gave birth to their first child, daughter Poppy.
Von: 13.12.2008, by Chris Hughes, www.mirror.co.uk