UK soldier killed in Afghan blast
A British soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan after his vehicle hit a roadside bomb, the Ministry of Defence has said.
The soldier, from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, was on an operation to disrupt insurgent activity in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province when he was caught in the blast.
Next of kin have been informed.
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel David Eastman, said: "It is my sad duty to announce the loss of a soldier from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment this afternoon.
"The soldier was participating in an operation to disrupt insurgent activity in the Nad-e Ali North area of Helmand Province when his vehicle struck an Improvised Explosive Device.
"The soldier gave his life pursuing peace and stability for a people that had been dominated by insurgent subjugation, threats and intimidation.
"We vow to carry on his vital work in the face of such cowardly and indiscriminate attacks.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family at this deeply sad time."
The death brings the total number of UK military personnel to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in 2001 to 359.