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Soldier dies 18 months after blast

A soldier has died in a UK hospital after being injured in an explosion in Afghanistan 18 months ago.

The soldier, from 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Monday.

He was injured when he was caught in the blast from an improvised explosive device in June 2010.

Lieutenant Colonel David Robinson, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, said: "It is with great sadness that I must confirm the death of a Gurkha soldier from 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, who had previously been seriously injured in Afghanistan.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very difficult time."

The family of the soldier - who is likely to be named on Wednesday - have been told.

The death takes the number of British troops to have died since the start of operations in Afghanistan in 2001 to 395.

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