British solider dies in Helmand

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The Independent Online

A British soldier was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan yesterday, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

The soldier was from the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles. He died in the blast while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province.

The soldier's next of kin have been informed.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel David Eastman, said: "He has made the ultimate sacrifice while steadfastly fulfilling his duty protecting others. His loss will be greatly felt by all who knew him; he will not be forgotten."

A total of 339 British troops have died since the start of operations in Afghanistan in 2001.