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Three British Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan


The British Ministry of Defense says two British soldiers were killed in separate incidents in southern Afghanistan, while a third one died of injuries sustained last week.

A ministry spokeswoman said one soldier was killed and six wounded by a land mine explosion Wednesday in the northern part of Helmand province. Hours later, a second soldier was killed in another clash in the same province.

The third fatality was a soldier who had been wounded last Friday by a suicide attacker.

In other violence, officials say suspected Taleban militants killed two pro-government Muslim clerics in the capital city of Helmand province, Lashkar Gah.

In eastern Afghanistan, a suicide bomber on foot blew himself up near a stationary car, killing two occupants and wounding the driver.

The violence came as visiting NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed an agreement to boost security and development in the war-torn country.

De Hoop Scheffer said the western alliance will prevail in Afghanistan despite the recent surge in Taleban-led attacks.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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