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UK soldier killed in southern Afghanistan explosion

Soldiers in Afghanistan
The soldier died from wounds received in the blast

A British soldier has died following an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The soldier, from 3rd Battalion The Rifles, was killed while on foot patrol south of Sangin district centre, in Helmand province, on Sunday morning.

Lt Col David Wakefield, of Task Force Helmand, said: "We have lost one of our comrades and we will remember him."

His death brings the number of UK service personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to 251.

He died from wounds received in the blast and his next of kin have been informed.

Earlier, 19-year-old Rifleman Peter Aldridge, of A Company 4 Rifles, was named as the British soldier killed on Friday.

Rifleman Aldridge, who was on his first tour of duty, died while on foot patrol with 3 Rifles Battle Group near Sangin.

His family said their son died a hero, doing what he believed in.

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