Marine killed by Afghanistan checkpoint grenade
Saturday 06 August 2011
A Royal Marine was killed in Afghanistan after a grenade was thrown into his patrol's checkpoint, the Ministry of Defence said.
The serviceman, from 42 Commando Royal Marines, died in hospital after the attack in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province yesterday.
The family of the Marine, who is expected to be identified today, has been told.
His foot patrol initially came under attack by insurgents using small arms.
It fired back and also used used mortars and air support to fight off their attackers.
The servicemen then returned to the checkpoint and were preparing to redeploy when insurgents attacked again.
A grenade landed in the checkpoint which wounded the Marine. He was taken to the military hospital in Camp Bastion but died later, the Ministry of Defence said.
Task Force Helmand spokesman Major Rolf Kurth said: "The Royal Marine was part of a foot patrol deployed to reassure local residents, and deter and disrupt insurgent activity, when they came under small arms attack.
"With the help of mortars and close air support, they broke contact with the insurgents and returned to their check point. They then came under further attack, and the Royal Marine was mortally wounded by a grenade that landed inside the check point.
"He died later in Camp Bastion Role 3 Hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in their time of grief."
More than 320 troops in the Nato coalition have been killed in Afghanistan this year alone.
The total number of British service personnel who have died since operations began in Afghanistan in 2001 is now 378.
- 2 The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
Ball pool for adults opens in London
Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A reputable organisation within the leisure i...
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...
£96000 - £200000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Looking for a better earning p...
£32000 - £36000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A rapidly expanding company in ...