British soldier killed on Helmand foot patrol

Infantryman's death after IED explosion is third soldier killed in Afghanistan in space of a week

A British soldier was killed while on foot patrol in Helmand province yesterday, the third to die in Afghanistan in a week.

The infantryman, from 2nd Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died from wounds sustained in a blast from an improvised explosive device while patrolling the notoriously dangerous area of Nad-e-Ali.

Lieutenant-Colonel David Wakefield, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "One of our fellow soldiers was taken from us in the course of his duty, who will not be forgotten."

Yesterday's death brings the total of British service personnel who have died since the start of operations in Afghanistan in 2001 to 240, including 103 deaths this year.


Mark Townsend

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