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UK soldier killed in Afghan blast

British troops in Afghanistan
The soldier died on Tuesday morning in Helmand province

A British soldier has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The soldier, from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, attached to the Light Dragoons, died on Tuesday morning, the MoD said.

He was on vehicle patrol in the Babaji District in Helmand province. His next of kin have been informed.

His death takes the number of British personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to 192.

Lt Col Mark Wenham, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "It is with great regret that we report the death of another soldier on Operation Herrick 10.

"The loss of a soldier, friend and colleague is tragic and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time."

Another soldier from the Light Dragoons was killed in Helmand last week.

Trooper Phillip Lawrence, from Birkenhead, died while on patrol in Lashkar Gah on 27 July. Warrant Officer Class 2 Sean Upton, from the Royal Artillery, 5th Regiment, died in a separate explosion on the same day.

July saw more casualties than any other month for UK forces in Afghanistan, with 22 service personnel killed.

Troops are currently involved in the second stage of Operation Panther's Claw, which the MoD says is focused on holding ground won from the Taliban in recent weeks.

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