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UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

British soldiers in Afghanistan
A total of 222 British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001

A British soldier from the Royal Military Police has been killed in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The soldier was killed on Thursday morning by an explosion while on foot patrol near to the Gereshk district in Helmand province.

The Ministry of Defence said next of kin had been informed.

This death takes the number of UK troops killed on operations in Afghanistan since 2001 to 222.

Lt Col David Wakefield, a spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "It is my sad duty to confirm the death of a soldier, a Royal Military Policeman, in an explosion earlier today in Helmand Province.

"He died doing his duty and we will remember him."

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