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British soldier killed in Helmand explosion

British soldiers in Afghanistan
More than 100 UK personnel were killed in Afghanistan in 2009

A British soldier has been killed in an explosion while on foot patrol in Helmand province in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The soldier, from 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, died in a blast in the Nad-e-Ali area on Sunday.

An MoD spokesman said his next of kin had been informed.

The death is the first in 2010 to be confirmed and brings the total number of UK personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to 246.

Lt Col David Wakefield, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said of the latest casualty: "His dauntless courage and his sacrifice will not be forgotten."

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Total deaths 2011: 32

Updated: Dec 18 2011

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The death is the second to hit 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment in recent weeks.

On 7 December, L/Cpl Adam Drane, from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, was shot dead while manning a checkpoint in the Nad-e-Ali area.

The 23-year-old was the 100th British soldier to die in Afghanistan during 2009.

The year was the bloodiest for the UK armed forces since the Falklands War in 1982, with the final death toll reaching 108.

Meanwhile, the US military has confirmed that four American soldiers were also killed in a separate explosion on Sunday.

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