By Damien Murphy
Five of the six soldiers believed to have been killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday were under 22 years of age, the MoD reported today.
The men have been named as Corporal Jake Hartley, Privates Anthony Frampton, Christopher Kershaw and Daniel Wade, all aged 20, of 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment.
Private Daniel Wilford, who served in the same regiment, was 21.
The sixth man was named as Sergeant Nigel Coupe, aged 33, from 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.
The deaths bring the total British fatalities in the conflict to 404.
The men were patrolling the Taliban heartland between the Kandahar and Helmand provinces when their armoured personnel carrier was overturned by a huge roadside explosion.
The Prime Minister paid tribute to the men, saying: “Every death and every injury reminds us of the human cost paid by our armed forces to keep our country safe.”
Opposition leader, Ed Miliband, echoed Mr Cameron’s sentiments, while stressing the need to justify for the UK’s continuing role in Afghanistan.
Mr Cameron will meet with US President, Barack Obama, next week to discuss the co-ordination of the two countries’ campaigns against the Taliban.
The MoD will release further details about the men “in due course”. In its statement, the ministry asked “that the privacy of the families of these Service personnel is respected at this very difficult time.”