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Afghan gun attack soldier named
Lance Corporal Steven Gregory Sherwood
The dead man had been in Afghanistan only a month
A British soldier who was killed in a gun attack in Mazar-e-Sharif has been named as Lance Corporal Steven Gregory Sherwood, 23, from Herefordshire.

L/Cpl Sherwood had been in the country just a month before the fatal ambush, which also left five others injured.

The battle happened near the city's thousand-year-old Blue Mosque, on the main Darwaz-e-Shadian road on Saturday.

L/Cpl Sherwood was from the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry (RGBWLI).

He and his colleagues were travelling in a convoy of four-wheel-drive vehicles between bases.

Mazar-e-Sharif is the base for some 200 of the 1,000 British troops in the Nato-led peace force in Afghanistan.

Team work

Commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Nick Welch said L/Cpl Sherwood, known as Shirley, was known for his sense of humour.

He said: "He epitomised all that is excellent about his regiment."

As he left RAF Fairford to go to Afghanistan last month, Mr Sherwood spoke of his eagerness to join the forces there.

He told the Gloucester Citizen: "I can't wait to get out there.

"This is what I came into the Army for and it is great to be out there and working as a team with people who are great mates."

A spate of violent attacks linked to militants has been widespread in Afghanistan since March, and has killed more than 1,000 people.

The UK takes command of Nato's 12,000 peacekeepers, stationed mainly in the more stable north and west, in May.

But as many as 4,000 British troops - backed by assault helicopters - will be sent to southern Afghanistan in the coming months.

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