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Three British soldiers killed in Afghanistan

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  • British soldiers died after explosion hit the vehicle they were traveling in
  • Took place north of Lashkar Gah, in southern Afghanistan
  • Fourth member of their patrol remains in critical condition
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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Three members of the British military have been killed in Afghanistan, the British military said Friday.

Three soldiers with Britain's Parachute Regiment were killed when an explosion hit the vehicle they were traveling in north of Lashkar Gah, in southern Afghanistan, the British Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

A fourth member of their patrol remains in critical condition, the statement said.

Their patrol also was struck by gunfire from militants, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said.

The force had announced the deaths earlier but did not disclose the nationalities of the service members who were killed.

In other fighting, four Afghan police officers were killed when their patrol was bombed Thursday in Kandahar province, local officials said.

Two other police officers were killed in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, when the Taliban attacked motorcycles.

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