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Soldier dies after insurgent attack

A British soldier has died after being injured during an insurgent attack in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defence said the soldier, from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, was injured in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province on Monday.

He was flown to hospital for treatment but died of his injuries, a spokesman said. Next of kin have been informed.

Task Force Helmand spokesman Major Matt Allen said: "It is with deep regret that I must report the death of a soldier from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) who has died as a result of wounds sustained during an insurgent attack in Nad 'Ali in Helmand province.

"His death comes as a great loss to all serving in Task Force Helmand. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to his family and friends at this difficult time."

The death takes to 441 the number of UK service members who have lost their lives since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 and the third to die so far in 2013.


From Belfast Telegraph