First female British soldier killed in Afghanistan
Four British soldiers were killed in the Helmand province yesterday in the biggest single loss of life for British forces in Afghanistan since September 2006. Among the casualtites was the first British women killed in combat in Afghanistan. Wikipedia claims that nine percent of Britain's armed forces are female. Does anyone know the number of female soldiers fighting in Afghanistan, specifically?
A female member of the Intelligence Corps has become the first British woman killed in the conflict in Afghanistan, it was confirmed today.
Her convoy was caught in an explosion yesterday afternoon which killed three other British troops.
The deaths take the number of British troops killed in the region to 106 since the conflict began in November 2001.
The defence secretary, Des Browne, admitted that the last ten days in Afghanistan had been "extraordinarily difficult".
Yesterday's blast occurred east of Lashkar Gah, in the volatile Helmand province.