Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Marine shot dead in Afghan ambush

A Royal Marine has been killed after coming under small arms fire in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

A Royal Marine has been killed after coming under small arms fire in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defence said the Royal Marine, from 42 Commando, was shot in the Khorgajat area of the Nahr-e Saraj district. His next of kin have been informed.

Task Force Helmand spokesman Major Rolf Kurth said: "The Royal Marine was part of a foot patrol in support of the Afghan National Army, when they came under small arms fire. He died as a result of a gunshot wound sustained in the ambush. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in their time of grief."

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the Marine was shot at "close range".

He added: "Despite the best efforts of the medics on the ground and extraction by helicopter, he was pronounced dead on arrival at Camp Bastion Role 3 Hospital."

The killing takes the number of British troops who have died since operations in Afghanistan began in 2001 to 382.

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