Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday that Britain was paying a ‘very high price’ in Afghanistan after three soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb. Six British soldiers have now been killed this year in Afghanistan. Britain has not lost so many soldiers in one incident since six were killed by a similar blast in March last year. They received immediate medical attention at the scene of the blast in Helmand province on Tuesday and were evacuated by air to Britain’s main Camp Bastion base but could not be saved, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

The deaths take the total number of British troops killed by enemy action in Afghanistan over the 400 mark, to 401.