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Two Danish soldiers killed in Afghanistan

COPENHAGEN, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Two Danish soldiers were killed on Thursday in fighting in the Helmand province of south-west Afghanistan, the Danish Army Central Command said.

The first soldier died from wounds suffered when his patrol was hit by an explosion and attacked by light-arms fire about 8 kilometres south of the town of Gereshk.

The second man was killed by a second explosion as Danish and British troops attempted to aid the first victim, the Army said.

The deaths were the first Danish casualties in Afghanistan since a soldier was killed in August after his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device.

Denmark has about 550 combat troops in Afghanistan. Fourteen have died in combat so far and three others were killed while trying to dismantle a mine. (Reporting by Kim McLaughlin; Editing by Matthew Jones)