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Afghanistan death soldier named
Daniel Probyn [Pic: MoD]
Guardsman Daniel Probyn came from Tipton
A British soldier killed in an ambush in southern Afghanistan has been named by the Ministry of Defence.

Guardsman Daniel Probyn, from Tipton, in the West Midlands, served with the 1st Battalion the Grenadier Guards.

The 22-year-old died and four other soldiers were injured when their patrol came under attack in the town of Garmsir, Helmand Province on Saturday.

Major Will Mace said: "Guardsman Probyn was without question one of the very best soldiers in the company."

He went on: "Consummately professional in everything he did, he was one of those men who always delivered a thousand times more than was asked of him.

"He was completely dedicated to his job and to the men around him, making him both a pleasure and an honour to command."

A total of 56 UK troops have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001.

He was a legend within the platoon...and now he will remain a legend forever more
Lieutenant Andrew Tiernan

Lieutenant Andrew Tiernan said Guardsman Probyn was a "legend" within his company.

"As is typical of the man, he warned his fellow soldiers of a potential threat just prior to the explosion that killed him, making them move away from his position in a selfless act which saved their lives.

"Guardsman Probyn was quite simply the most outstanding soldier I have ever come across and I consider myself very fortunate to have had the pleasure of serving alongside him on operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

"He was a legend within the platoon and indeed the company, and now he will remain a legend forever more."

Several wounded

BBC correspondent Alastair Leithead, reporting from Kabul, said British forces had launched an operation to the south of Garmsir, a "notoriously bad area" which was "pretty much all controlled by the Taleban".

He said soldiers from the regiment, which is based in Aldershot, Hampshire, were involved in the operation and had been involved in clashes with Taleban fighters using mortar, small arms fire and artillery.

There was then an explosion and five soldiers were hit by the blast.

They were taken away under fire and one was pronounced dead at the scene. Three were seriously injured and one suffered minor injuries.

The three seriously wounded were taken to the Camp Bastion, the main base, to receive medical treatment.

Of the 56 personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001, 33 soldiers have died in combat, while others have died from accidents, illness, or non-combat injuries, according to the MoD.

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