150th British soldier dies in Helmand as MoD announces failed bombing

Soldier killed on foot patrol in the Musa Qala District Centre while Royal Marine foils roadside bomb plot

A soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan yesterday, bringing the total number of British service personnel who have died to 150 since operations began in 2001.

The soldier, who was from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Regiment, was on foot patrol in the Musa Qala District Centre.

Commander Paula Rowe, spokeswoman for British troops in Afghanistan, said: "Task Force Helmand feels the loss of every serviceman and we mourn the death of this brave soldier. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends at home and all those who served alongside him."

The soldier's next of kin have been informed but there will now be a 24-hour grace period before he is officially identified, the Ministry of Defence said.

Brigadier-General Richard Blanchette, spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force, said: "We are saddened by this brave soldier's death, and offer our heartfelt condolences to the soldier's family and friends. Through our grief, we are strengthened in our resolve to help bring security and stability to Afghanistan."

The news of the death came as the MoD revealed that a Royal Marine had foiled a roadside bomb plot in Sangin, northern Helmand, single-handedly.


Rowan Walker

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