Page last updated at 04:54 GMT, Wednesday, 26 August 2009 05:54 UK

Soldier dies from Afghan wounds

UK troops in Afghanistan
In total, 207 UK personnel have died since operations in Afghanistan began

A British soldier has died after he was wounded while on foot patrol in Afghanistan, the MoD has said.

The soldier, from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, died at the Royal College of Defence Medicine in Selly Oak in Birmingham.

He had been caught in an explosion near Sangin in Helmand province on 15 August. Next of kin have been informed.

It brings to 207 the number of British service personnel killed as a result of operations in Afghanistan since 2001.

A total of 70 have died this year.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lt Col Nick Richardson, said the unnamed soldier had made "the ultimate sacrifice".

"This fine British soldier made the ultimate sacrifice and his passing is mourned by the Task Force. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and comrades at this very sad time," he said.

His death came on the same day a massive car bomb explosion in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar killed at least 40 people and injured more than 60 others.

The explosion took place shortly after the first results were announced in the presidential election which gave incumbent Hamid Karzai a slender lead. Only 10% of votes have been counted.

Earlier a bomb killed four US soldiers, making 2009 the deadliest year for foreign troops since the US-led invasion overthrew the Taliban.



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