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Soldier dies in UK of Afghan blast wounds

British troops in Afghanistan
The MoD said the death was not connected to Operation Moshtarak

A British soldier has died from wounds received in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the MoD has said.

The soldier was from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, serving with the Household Cavalry Regiment Battle Group. His family has been informed.

The blast happened in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province on 21 February, and the soldier died at a Birmingham hospital on Monday night.

Some 273 British troops have died since the start of Afghan operations in 2001.

'Remember him'

Lt Col David Wakefield, spokesman for the UK's Task Force Helmand in Afghanistan, said: "It happened while he was on a patrol to the north of Musa Qalah district centre, part of the ongoing successful operations in the Musa Qalah area to drive the insurgents away from the local people and away from the district centre.

"He was one of us, one of our own, who fell doing his duty. We will remember him."

The soldier died at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at Selly Oak.

The MoD said the death was not connected to Operation Moshtarak, a major offensive against the Taliban involving 15,000 Nato and Afghan forces, including 4,000 British personnel.

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