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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.

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