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British airman killed in Kandahar province explosion

British military personnel in Afghanistan
A total of 264 British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001

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

The airman, from 2 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment, part of the Kandahar Airfield Defence Force, was killed on vehicle patrol on Wednesday evening.

His death was not connected to Operation Moshtarak, which involves British troops in Helmand province.

The MoD says the dead man's next of kin have been informed.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lt Col David Wakefield, said the airman was on mobile patrol about 4km (2.5 miles)north of Kandahar Airfield when the explosion happened.

He said: "He died doing his duty and among his fellow airmen; his sacrifice will not be forgotten."

A total of 264 British military personnel have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001.

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