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UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

British soldier in Afghanistan
Ten British soldiers including six Paras have been killed in recent weeks

A British soldier has been killed in fighting with the Taleban in southern Afghanistan, the MoD has said.

The soldier, from 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, died during a firefight in Helmand province.

An MoD spokesman said: "The soldier was on a deliberate operation against the Taleban in the Upper Sangin Valley when he was fatally wounded."

Next of kin have been informed. Since 2001, 107 British soldiers have now died during operations in Afghanistan.

Mine blast

International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) spokesman Brig Gen Carlos Branco said: "Our deepest sympathies are with the soldier's family and friends as they deal with their loss.

"The focus right now is to look after the soldier's family and colleagues and to provide them the best possible support during this difficult time."

Ten British service personnel have been killed in Afghanistan since 8 June, six of them from the Parachute Regiment.

Privates Nathan Cuthbertson, David Murray and Daniel Gamble died in a suicide bombing while on foot patrol.

Fellow Paras L/Cpl James Bateman and Pte Jeff Doherty died under fire from the Taleban on 12 June.

The first British woman soldier to be killed in Afghanistan, Cpl Sarah Bryant, of 15 (United Kingdom) Psychological Operations Group, died on 17 June.

SAS reservists Cpl Sean Robert Reeve, L/Cpl Richard Larkin and Paul Stout were killed in the same incident after their vehicle hit a mine.

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