Prince Harry should remain in Afghanistan despite a Taliban attack on Camp Bastion which killed two American soldiers, defence experts have said.

The Prince was identified as the primary target in Friday night's attack by the Taliban, which saw two US Marines killed.

Other troops were injured but Prince Harry, who was far from where the attack took place, was unharmed.

On Saturday, Conservative MP Colonel Bob Stewart said he did not think Harry should be taken off the front line over the incident.

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Prince Harry is currently on a four-month tour in the country

"To hell with them," he said. "Harry wants to go there and our soldiers want him there. He should stay."

However, Col Stewart added that there ware significant security arrangements for Prince Harry's tour.

"Capturing, killing or hurting Prince Harry would be a huge propaganda coup for the Taliban," he said.

Former officer and editor of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom publication, Major Charles Heyman, said: "If we take him away the Taliban will crow that they have just scored a major victory."

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The 28-year-old Prince will fly Apache helicopters out of Camp Bastion for the duration of his tour

"On balance it is a difficult equation but I think he should be kept there," he said.

Major Heyman added that Camp Bastion is regularly attacked and in most instances there are no severe casualties.

The International Security Assistance Force coalition (Isaf) in Afghanistan said the attack happened near an airfield on the north-east side of the base, which houses American forces in Camp Leatherneck.

A number of aircraft, hangars and other buildings were hit and badly damaged.

In a separate incident, a soldier with the 1st Grenadier Guards was killed on Saturday after his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province.

The soldier's next of kin have been informed.