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Afghanistan: British soldier killed on foot patrol

A British soldier has been killed by an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The soldier, from 1st Battalion The Rifles, was killed by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol on Friday in the Shaparak area of the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province. His family has been informed.

The number of British service personnel who have died since operations began in Afghanistan in 2001 now totals 379. The soldier was part of a foot patrol promoting a local community-engagement project.