British soldier killed in Afghanistan landmine blast

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One British soldier has been killed and five others "very seriously injured" in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said.

A seventh soldier received less serious injuries in the incident in northern Helmand Province at 12.20pm local time today, the MOD confirmed.

The injured soldiers are being cared for at military medical facilities at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

A statement from the Ministry of Defence said: "It is with great regret that we can confirm that one UK soldier has died and five others were very seriously injured as a result of a landmine contact in northern Helmand province at approximately 1220 local time today.

"Another soldier received minor injuries. The injured are currently being treated at the military medical facility at Camp Bastion. No further details will be released until next of kin have been informed."