Two British soldiers were killed after their vehicle hit an explosive device in Helmand province, less than a week before they were due to return home. The two men from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards were killed on Thursday on their way back from a successful mission in the Nahr-e Saraj district, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. The soldiers were working alongside Danish soldiers to disrupt insurgent activity and search compounds in the south of the country. A spokesman for the taskforce in Helmand said they were on their way back to camp to commence their handover after a successful mission when their vehicle was hit.