Belfast Telegraph

Home News World

RIR soldier is killed in bomb blast

A British soldier was killed in Afghanistan yesterday after his vehicle hit a roadside bomb, the Ministry of Defence 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: “The soldier was participating in an operation to disrupt insurgent activity when his vehicle struck an IED.

“The soldier gave his life pursuing peace and stability for a people that had been dominated by threats and intimidation.”

The death brings the number of UK military personnel to have died in Afghanistan operations to 359.

Belfast Telegraph

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.


From Belfast Telegraph