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British soldier killed in Afghanistan blast

British soldier in Helmand province
Three British soldiers were killed over the weekend

A British soldier has been killed in an explosion while on foot patrol in southern Afghanistan.

The soldier from 1 Rifles, serving in 3 Rifles Battle Group, was killed on Sunday afternoon in the Sangin area of Helmand province.

He was the sixth UK serviceman to die in the region in the space of a week.

Another British soldier was killed in a firefight with insurgents on Sunday morning. Since 2001, 272 UK service personnel have died in Afghanistan.

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

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Following the latest death, Lt Col David Wakefield said: "We have lost one of our comrades and he will be sorely missed, but his boldness and his selfless commitment to this fight will not be forgotten."

The soldier killed in the gun battle on Sunday morning was from A Company 4 Rifles, also part of the 3 Rifles Battle Group. His name is yet to be released by the MoD.

Two teenage soldiers from 3 Rifles were killed in Sangin area in separate incidents on Friday and Saturday.

Rifleman Jonathon Allott, 19, was killed in a roadside explosion on Friday, followed by the death of 18-year-old Rifleman Liam Maughan from gunshot wounds.



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