KABUL, Afghanistan, July 25 (UPI) -- A British Army dog handler and a bomb-sniffing dog were killed by small arms fire while on patrol in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, the Army said Friday.
Six soldiers were wounded Thursday when the patrol came under fire, the BBC reported. One was seriously injured and was to be returned to Britain for treatment, while the others were expected to return to duty.
The dog handler, a member of 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, was the second British soldier to die in three days in Helmand. Cpl. Jason Barnes, 25, of Exeter, a weapons specialist, was killed by a roadside bomb Tuesday.
With this week's deaths, 112 British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. Casualties have increased with a recent upsurge in Taliban activity, and U.S. forces have suffered heavier casualties in Afghanistan than in Iraq in recent weeks.