Two soldiers killed in Afghanistan

(AFGHANISTAN) 3 May 2010 -Two soldiers from the same regiment were killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan today - as tributes were paid to a "true hero" killed in an explosion yesterday.


One soldier from 21 Engineer Regiment was killed in a blast and another in a traffic accident, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. Next of kin have been informed. The soldier who died yesterday in a blast in Sangin, Helmand Province, was named as Corporal Harvey Alex Holmes, 22, from Hyde, Greater Manchester.
mfToday's deaths, both in the Nad-e Ali area of Helmand, took the number of British service personnel who have died since the start of operations in Afghanistan in 2001 to 284.Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, said of the soldier killed in the blast: "He was travelling to meet up with local Afghan contractors prior to continuing with reconstruction programmes when he was killed in an explosion."He died seeking to improve the lives of the people of Helmand Province. His sacrifice will not be forgotten."Lieutenant Colonel Carr-Smith said of the soldier killed in the traffic accident: "He was part of a team conducting a reconnaissance to replace a bridge over a canal in the Nad-e Ali District of Helmand, in order that local Afghans could travel more freely, when he was killed in a traffic accident. "He died in the course of his duty; we will remember him."
The MoD said that Cpl Holmes, of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, was providing protection for his patrol as it investigated a compound when yesterday's fatal explosion happened. He was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) close to patrol base Waterloo, in Sangin. His family released a statement which read: "Harvey lived for his family and his friends but his passion was the Army."He has made his family extremely proud for the sacrifice he has made and will be missed every day."Harvey has died a true hero and will be with us forever in our hearts."His death was the first since April 7. (…)

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