Soldier shot dead in Afghanistan

A British serviceman was shot dead in southern Afghanistan today, the Ministry of Defence said.

The soldier, from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was killed during a battle with insurgents in southern Nad-e Ali, Helmand.

His family has been in informed.

The British death toll in the Afghan campaign since 2001 now stands at 332.

The MoD said the soldier was killed during an exchange of fire with insurgents.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith said: "It is with deep sorrow I must inform you that a soldier from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was killed this morning in southern Nad-e Ali.

"He was part of a security cordon that was providing protection to enable a meeting to take place between local elders and ISAF and Afghan troops when he was killed by small arms fire.

"He died in the course of his duty. He will be sorely missed and his actions will not be forgotten. We will remember him."