British soldier dies in Helmand

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A British soldier died in an explosion in southern Afghanistan yesterday, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

The soldier, from 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, was killed in a blast from an improvised explosive device to the south of Nahr-e-Saraj, west of Kandahar in Helmand province. The next of kin have been informed.

A total of 350 UK military personnel have now died since operations in Afghanistan began in 2001.