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A British soldier who was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan has been named as Corporal Mark Anthony Palin

A British soldier who was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan has been named as Corporal Mark Anthony Palin

A British soldier who was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan has been named as Corporal Mark Anthony Palin

A British soldier who was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan has been named as Corporal Mark Anthony Palin.

The 32-year-old, from 1st Battalion The Rifles, was in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on an operation to recover bomb components when he died, the Ministry of Defence said.

He had been in Afghanistan since April with the Battalion's B Company as the second in command of a 12-man Multiple.

An MoD spokesman said: "On the morning of July 18 2011, whilst guiding a patrol, he was killed by an improvised explosive device.

"He was on an operation to clear and exploit a cache of nearly-complete improvised explosive device components that had been discovered late the night before."

Cpl Palin, from Plymouth, enlisted in the Army in 1996, joining the 1st Battalion the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment in Paderborn, with whom he served in Northern Ireland and Iraq.

His family paid tribute to the soldier.

"Mark was unique, one in a million," they said in a statement.

"He was loved deeply by all his family and friends. He was a devoted family man who adored his son and was so looking forward to the birth of his daughter.

"He will be deeply missed by all his family, friends and everyone who knew him."

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