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UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

Generic image of British soldiers involved in Operation Moshtarak in Afghanistan
His death brings the number of UK personnel killed in Afghanistan to 267

A British soldier has been shot dead while on a foot patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The soldier from A Company 4 Rifles, was killed by small arms fire near Sangin, in Helmand province, on Monday morning. His family have been told.

The MoD says his death was not connected to Operation Moshtarak, the Nato offensive in southern Afghanistan.

The death brings the number of British military personnel killed on operations in Afghanistan since 2001 to 267.

'Doing duty'

Lt Col David Wakefield said: "It is my sad duty to inform you that a soldier from 4 Rifles, serving as part of the 3 Rifles Battle Group, died this morning near Sangin in northern Helmand province.

"He was on a foot patrol about 700m east of Patrol Base Blenheim, to the north-east of Sangin district centre.

"The patrol he was on was part of ongoing operations by the 3 Rifles Battle Group to expand the area of security around the district centre, when he was shot and killed by small arms fire.

"He died doing his duty, boldly confronting the enemy; we will remember him."



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