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Soldier dies of Afghan blast wounds

A British soldier has died following an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said.

The soldier, from 35 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers, died in Queen Elizabeth NHS Hospital, Birmingham.

He was brought back to the UK following the blast from an improved explosive device in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province on Tuesday.

The soldier's next of kin have been informed.

A total of 391 British troops have died since the start of operations in Afghanistan in 2001.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie, said: "It is with great sadness that I must confirm the death of a soldier from 35 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers.

"The soldier was on an engineering reconnaissance task in the Deh Adham Khan region of Nahr-e Saraj (North) when he was injured in a blast from an improvised explosive device.

"His colleagues provided immediate first aid before he was evacuated by helicopter to the military hospital in Camp Bastion where he received further medical attention.

"He was then flown under the care of a Critical Care Air Support Team to the Queen Elizabeth NHS Hospital in Birmingham where, tragically, he succumbed to his wounds, surrounded by members of his family.

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


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