British Prince Charles pays surprise visit to Afghanistan

08:32, March 26, 2010      

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British Prince Charles on Thursday paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan's southern Helmand province.

Charles held meeting with the governor of Helmand province Mohammad Gulab Mangal, tribal elders and local religious leaders in Lashkar Gah, capital city of the province.

The British prince said during the meeting that the British troops stationed in Helmand will help in agriculture and anti- poppy production efforts.

He also visited Camp Bastion which hosts thousands of British troops in Helmand province.

His son Harry served in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008.

Around 10,000 British troops are stationed in post-Taliban Afghanistan with majority of them in Helmand.

Since the war against Taliban started in late 2001, 276 British troops have been killed in Afghanistan.

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