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UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

British soldier in Afghanistan
A total of 109 British personnel have died in Afghanistan since 2001

A UK soldier has died in Afghanistan after his patrol vehicle rolled over, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.

A defence spokesman said the soldier was from 13 Air Assault Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps in Essex. His next of kin have been informed.

Two other soldiers were injured in the same incident on Friday night but their injuries are not life threatening.

Paying tribute to the soldiers, Defence Secretary Des Browne, said they were "doing an immensely brave job".

Since 2001, 109 British personnel have died in Afghanistan. A total of 12 British personnel, including the first woman, Cpl Sarah Bryant, 26, have been killed there since 8 June.

Defence Secretary Des Browne on the soldier's death

Mr Browne said: "All these people are doing an immensely brave and very good job protecting us - I know it's far from home and people find it hard to understand how that can be the case but they're in now doubt of the worth and importance of what they're doing.

"And it's terrible to have to record the death of another soldier in these circumstances but that's unfortunately the price we pay for these freedoms we enjoy."

The soldiers were patrolling central Helmand province in southern Afghanistan when their vehicle rolled over at 2110 local time.

The casualties were taken to the British base in Afghanistan at Camp Bastion.

Force protection

An MoD spokesman said: "Sadly, despite the best efforts of the medical team, one soldier died of his wounds.

"The remaining two casualties are receiving treatment for their injuries which are not life threatening.

"The vehicle had been part of a patrol conducting force protection when the incident occurred. The incident was not combat-related."

The latest fatality follows the deaths of two members of the Parachute Regiment, who were killed on Tuesday.

Sgt Maj Michael Williams, 40, died in a firefight, and Pte Joe Whittaker, 20, was killed while checking for mines.




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