The soldiers’ vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device whilst on a routine patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province. They received immediate medical attention and were evacuated by air to the military hospital at Camp Bastion, but could not be saved.
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Richard Morgan, said:
It is with deep sadness that I must confirm that 3 soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland have died after their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.
Their deaths come as a great loss to all those serving in Task Force Helmand. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to their family and friends at this difficult time.
Next of kin have been informed and have requested the customary period of grace before further details are released.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said:
Our thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones in this incident, which underlines the threats faced by our personnel as they continue to hand over security operations to their Afghan counterparts ahead of UK combat operations concluding by the end of next year.
Security in Helmand, where most UK forces are based, is steadily improving, with Afghan forces already responsible for the bulk of the province - but the environment in which our troops operate remains risky and dangerous, including the threat of improvised explosive devices and insurgent attack.
We will continue to do all we can to minimise these risks but they can never be removed entirely.