British soldier killed on patrol in Helmand


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The Independent Online

A British soldier from 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh has been killed in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said last night.

The soldier was part of a foot patrol to disrupt insurgent activity in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, which came under attack from small-arms fire. His next of kin have been informed.

Lieutenant Colonel John Kerner, spokesman for British Forces Helmand, said: "The loss of the soldier will be felt by all in Task Force Helmand, but most deeply by his family and loved ones. Our thoughts and sympathy are with them."