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Soldier dies in Afghan accident
British solider in Afghanistan
UK and Canadian-led Nato troops assumed control last month
A British soldier has been killed in an accident in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence says.

The Household Cavalry regiment member was servicing a vehicle at a military base in Helmand province.

The MoD said the soldier's family has been informed about the death and a full investigation will be held.

The last British soldier to die in the country was involved in a traffic accident on 9 August. Ten soldiers have been killed in combat this year.

The death brings the number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to 19.

Of that number, seven - including the latest casualty - died because of illness, accident, or injuries which were not caused by combat.

UK and Canadian-led Nato troops assumed control of military operations in southern Afghanistan from US-led forces at the end of last month.

British troops are conducting operations from Camp Bastion, near Helmand's provincial capital Lashkar Gah.

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