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UK marine killed in Afghan blast

Royal Marines in Afghanistan
40 Commando Battle Group are based in the Sangin area of Helmand

A Royal Marine has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.

The marine from 40 Commando was killed in an explosion while on foot patrol near Sangin in Helmand Province during the evening of 30 May.

His death brings the number of UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan to 289. His next of kin have been informed.

Task Force Helmand spokesman Lt Col James Carr-Smith praised the marine's "bravery and selfless commitment".

Lt Col Smith said: "He was conducting a foot patrol in order to further develop the understanding of the local area when he was struck by an explosion.

"His bravery and selfless commitment will not be forgotten. He will be greatly missed and we will remember him."

The marine's death follows that of Cpl Stephen Curley, 26, from 40 Commando Royal Marines, who died in an explosion while on foot patrol in Helmand on Wednesday.

He died on the same day as Gunner Zak Cusack, 20, from 4th Regiment Royal Artillery who was killed in a firefight with the Taliban in Helmand Province.

Eight British service personnel have been killed in Afghanistan this month, of which four were Royal Marines.

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