Page last updated at 20:15 GMT, Monday, 28 July 2008 21:15 UK

UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

Black Watch soldier in Iraq
The soldier died from a single gunshot wound

A British soldier has been killed in Afghanistan's Helmand province, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

He received a single gunshot wound while on foot patrol and was evacuated by helicopter to a medical facility, but died as a result of his injuries.

His death brings the number of UK troops killed on operations in Afghanistan since 2001 to 113.

The soldier's next of kin have been informed. He was from 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The shooting happened at about 1000 local time (0530 GMT) west of the town of Lashkar Gah, as UK troops patrolled alongside Afghan army personnel.

"The patrol received reports from locals that the Taleban were in the area but before they could take up defensive positions they received incoming fire, and the soldier sustained a single gunshot wound," an MoD statement said.

The statement said the "best medical efforts", at the Joint Force Medical Facility at the UK's Camp Bastion, failed to save the soldier.

Lt Col David Reynolds said: "Our thoughts are with the family at this tragic time.

"As a member of Task Force Helmand he was a colleague of all deployed here and he will be missed."

The soldier's battalion was attached to 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment.

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