Solider killed in Afghan blast

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A British soldier died in an explosion in southern Afghanistan today. The soldier was on foot patrol in Musa Qaleh in Helmand province when he was caught in the blast.

Next of kin have been informed. The death brings to 96 the number of British personnel who have died in Afghanistan since 2001.

An MoD spokesman said no one else was injured in the blast.

The family of the soldier has asked that no further information about him be released.

The spokesman said: "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of a British soldier in Afghanistan today, May 19 2008.

"British forces were conducting operations in the Musa Qaleh area when a soldier patrolling on foot was caught in an explosion and tragically lost his life.

"No one else was injured in the incident.

"The soldier's family have been informed, and have asked for privacy from the media as they come to terms with their loss.

"The MoD will not be providing any further updates in line with the wishes of the family, who are in our thoughts at this difficult time."