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More British soldiers committed suicide in 2012 than died in Afghanistan: BBC

Published on Jul 14, 2013 10:45 PM

LONDON (AFP) - A total of 50 serving and veteran British soldiers committed suicide last year, more than were killed fighting the Taleban in Afghanistan, according to figures reported on Sunday.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed that seven serving soldiers killed themselves in 2012 and a further 14 died in suspected suicides, although inquests have not yet been held.

An investigation by the BBC found that at least 29 veterans also took their lives last year. There are no official figures.

A total of 40 British soldiers died in action in Afghanistan in the same period, while serving as part of a decade-long British deployment that reached 9,500 troops at its peak.

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