BREAKING NEWS: Missing soldiers named

The six Service personnel missing, believed killed, in Afghanistan: (top row, L-R) Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley, Private Anthony Frampton, (bottom row, L-R) Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade and Private Daniel Wilford. Pictures: Iain Hamer - Crown Copyright/MOD 2012

The six Service personnel missing, believed killed, in Afghanistan: (top row, L-R) Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley, Private Anthony Frampton, (bottom row, L-R) Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade and Private Daniel Wilford. Pictures: Iain Hamer - Crown Copyright/MOD 2012

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SIX missing British soldiers, believed killed after an explosion hit an armoured vehicle in Afghanistan, have been named today.

The Ministry of Defence said the five soldiers from the 3 Yorkshire Regiment are Cpl Jake Hartley, 20, Pte Anthony Frampton, 20, Pte Christopher Kershaw, 19, Pte Daniel Wade, 20, and Pte Daniel Wilford, 21.

Another from 1 The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment has been named as Sgt Nigel Coupe, 33.

The group, most of which are believed to be from West Yorkshire, was on a mounted patrol when their Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle was struck in Helmand Province. They have been missing since Tuesday.

The MOD confirmed further information is to be released in due course.

If the servicemen are confirmed dead, it would take the total number of British forces personnel or MoD civilians who have died while serving in the war-torn region to more than 400 since the start of operations in October 2001.

It would also become the biggest single loss of life in one incident since the Nimrod crash that killed 14 service personnel in 2006.