Saturday, 19 December 2009

A British soldier from 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, has been killed in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

The soldier died from wounds which were sustained in a blast while on foot patrol in the Nad-e-Ali area of central Helmand on Saturday.

Next of kin have been informed of the soldier's death.

A total of 240 UK service personnel have died in Afghanistan since 2001, including 103 this year.

Lieutenant Colonel David Wakefield, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "It is my sad duty to confirm that a soldier from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was killed this morning.

"One of our fellow soldiers taken from us in the course of his duty, who will not be forgotten."

On Tuesday, two UK soldiers were killed in Afghanistan as they stopped suicide bombers attacking a packed marketplace, their commanding officer said.

L/Cpl David Kirkness, 24, of West Yorkshire, and Rifleman James Brown, 18, from Kent, both of 3rd Battalion The Rifles, were killed by an explosion at a vehicle checkpoint near Sangin in Helmand.

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