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Latest Afghanistan casualty named

L/Cpl James Johnson
L/Cpl James Johnson was killed by a mine explosion

The Ministry of Defence has released the name of the latest British soldier to die in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal James Johnson, 31, was with the B Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and his father said he "loved" being a soldier.

He stepped on a Soviet-made mine while on patrol in Lashkar Gar at 1100 local time on Saturday.

His death brought the number of British personnel who have died in Afghanistan since 2001 to 110.

L/Cpl Johnson was born in Scotland but grew up in Chatham, Kent.

His father, Lawrence Johnson, said: "I am very proud of my son for being a soldier.

"It was his life. He always wanted to be in the Army since he was a small boy. He loved it."

A superb soldier and junior commander, he died doing the job he loved, among men who held him in the highest regard
Lieutenant Colonel David Richmond

His fiancee, Bernadette Broadley, said: "I am very, very proud of him being a brave soldier.

"I want him to be remembered for who and what he was."

An MoD spokesman earlier said L/Cpl Johnson had been part of a vehicle checkpoint patrol operating in the Lashkar Gar area.

They were on patrol when "they received a report of an rocket-propelled grenade attack on a civilian aircraft at Bost airfield in Lashkar Gar", the spokesman said.

"When investigating this they dismounted their vehicles and what is believed to have been a legacy anti-personnel mine detonated, killing the soldier instantly."

L/Cpl Johnson had served in Belfast for two years and on one tour of Bosnia in 2005.

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel David Richmond, said: "L/Cpl Johnson has made the ultimate sacrifice.

"A superb soldier and junior commander, he died doing the job he loved, among men who held him in the highest regard."


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