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UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

A British soldier was shot while on patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand Province and has died of his injuries, the Ministry of Defence said.

The serviceman, from the 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords), was in the southern Nahr-e Saraj district with the Afghan National Army when he came under fire on Saturday.

Next of kin have been informed.

The soldier had been been sent from his base in Khar Nikar on a patrol with the Afghan troops and was shot at by insurgents and fatally wounded while standing guard.

Task Force Helmand spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Tim Purbrick said: "It is with much regret that I have to announce the death of a soldier from 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords).

"On the morning of June 18 the soldier deployed from his base in Khar Nikar on a partnered patrol with the Afghan National Army to meet with people who had recently reoccupied the Haji Tor Aga Kalay area in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province.

"The soldier was part of the protective cordon guarding the meeting when insurgents engaged them with small arms fire during which he was fatally wounded. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

The serviceman's death came as two other British soldiers killed in Afghanistan were named by the MoD.

Craftsman Andrew Found, 27, from Whitby, Yorkshire, of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, died in an explosion in the Gereshk Valley area on Thursday.

Corporal Lloyd Newell, from the Parachute Regiment, was killed by small arms fire in a separate incident on the same day.


From Belfast Telegraph