A British soldier has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today. The soldier, from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, died while on a routine patrol near Lashkar Gah in central Helmand province yesterday morning.
Next of kin have been informed.
The soldier's death takes the number of British service personnel who have died in Afghanistan since the start of operations in October 2001 to 169.
Lieutenant Colonel Nick Richardson, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "Today is another sad day for Task Force Helmand as it is with deep regret that we report the death of another member of the services on duty in Afghanistan.
"Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the deceased and also to the soldiers of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards."
Brigadier-General Richard Blanchette, spokesman for the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force, said the death was the result of an improvised explosive device (IED) strike.
He said: "With sadness, on behalf of Isaf, I offer our condolences to this service member's family and friends. The absolute commitment of this service member shines like a beacon to guide us as we pursue peace for the people of Afghanistan."