01/13/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gordon Brown Visits Troops In Afghanistan And Pledges To Send More

Gordon Brown today declared his "disgust and horror" at the deaths of four Royal Marine commandos killed in Afghanistan in an ambush involving a 13-year-old child bomber.

Speaking during a visit to Helmand province to highlight the deployment of hundreds of fresh troops to the region, the prime minister said the use of such a young boy in the bombing would "offend public opinion across the world".

One marine serving with 45 Commando was killed and two injured by a roadside bomb near Sangin yesterday. Later, a patrol was approached by the child pushing a wheelbarrow full of newspapers concealing a bomb which killed two more members of 45 Commando and a soldier serving with Commando Logistics Regiment.