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Soldier dies of Afghan blast wounds

A British soldier from 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment has died after he was fatally wounded in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said.

The serviceman was injured in a blast while on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province on Wednesday.

He was evacuated by helicopter to a military hospital in Camp Bastion and then flown back to Britain where he died with his family by his side.

The soldier had been investigating insurgent activity in the war-torn region when he was struck.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel Tim Purbrick, said: "It is with much regret that I have to inform you of the death of a soldier in Central Helmand.

"The soldier was on a patrol to investigate insurgent activity in the Nahr-e Saraj district when he was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device.

"He was immediately medically evacuated by helicopter to the military hospital in Camp Bastion and subsequently aero-medically evacuated to the Queen Elizabeth NHS Hospital in Birmingham where, very sadly, he died with his family by his side. Our thoughts are very much with his family and friends."

The death brings the total number of UK military personnel to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in 2001 to 360.


From Belfast Telegraph