Breaking: Five Yorkshire Regiment soldiers feared dead in Afghan explosion

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FIVE soldiers from the main Army infantry regiment to recruit from around South Yorkshire are missing presumed dead in one of the worst incidents of the Afghanistan war.

The members of Third Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment - formerly the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment - plus a sixth soldier from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, were on patrol in a Warrior armoured vehicle which was caught in an explosion.

The soldiers’ families have been told and their names are expected to be released within the next day.

If confirmed, it would be the biggest single loss of UK life in one incident in Afghanistan since a Nimrod crash killed 14 service personnel in 2006 and would take the death toll of British forces in the country since 2001 to 404.

Ed Miliband, Doncaster North MP and Labour leader, said: “It is tragic news that six of our soldiers are missing, presumed dead, in Afghanistan.

“Our hearts go out to their families, friends and colleagues.

“We salute all of our fallen and those who continue to serve in the face of the gravest danger. They are serving with bravery and courage and we owe them all a huge debt of gratitude.”

For more on this story, see The Star tomorrow.