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Royal Marine shot dead in Afghanistan

Royal Marines in Afghanistan
Image caption A marine and a soldier have died this month in Afghanistan.

A Royal Marine from 42 Commando Royal Marines has died in Helmand, Afghanistan, after he was shot in an ambush while on patrol.

The Ministry of Defence said he and fellow marines were patrolling with members of the Afghan National Army when the shooting happened.

They were in the Khorgajat area of the Nahr-e Saraj (South) District of Helmand Province.

He was pronounced dead at Camp Bastion. His next of kin have been informed.

His death takes the number of British military staff who have died as a result of operations in Afghanistan since 2001 to 382.

It comes just five days after the previous death, which happened in the same area.

Monday's attack on the patrol was by small arms fire at close range, the MoD said.

Medics on the ground tried to help the marine, who was based in Plymouth, Devon.

He was flown by helicopter to camp but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Maj Rolf Kurth, the spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "He died as a result of a gunshot wound sustained in the ambush.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in their time of grief."

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