Breaking News 10:11pm UK, Friday July 10, 2009
Next of kin have been informed.
A spokesman for Task Force Helmand said: "While there are no words to ease their loss, our heartfelt sympathies go to their families, friends and fellow soldiers at this very difficult time.
"Their deaths were not in vain," Lieutenant Colonel Nick Richardson added.
The news comes just hours after three others died in separate incidents in what has been one of the darkest days for British armed forces fighting in Afghanistan.
Fifteen soldiers have died in the last 10 days in southern Afghanistan, taking the number of British troops killed since the start of operations in October 2001 to 184.
This is more than the number who died in the bitter Iraq campaign, which lasted from March 2003 until the end of combat operations in April this year.
It comes on the same day that the bodies of another five British servicemen killed in Afghanistan over the past week were returned to the UK.
Eight of the most recent fatalities came during Operation Panchai Palang, or Panther's Claw, a major British assault against the Taliban in Helmand ahead of next month's Afghan elections.
Some 3,000 troops are involved in the operation, which began on June 19 and has seen fierce fighting and significant casualties on both sides.
The top US commander in the Middle East has warned of tough months ahead in the fight against the Taliban.
General David Petraeus, head of the US Central Command, described the battle in the south of the country as "the longest campaign".
NWN : Bring the troops home now ! How many more have to die ?