British soldier dies of Afghanistan injuries

Line of British armoured vehicles in Helmand Province, Afghanistan Image copyright PA
Image caption The number of UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2001 is 391

A British soldier has died in hospital from injuries sustained when a roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, the Ministry of Defence says.

The soldier, from 35 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers, was brought to the UK for treatment after Tuesday's blast in the Nahr-e Saraj district.

He died on Thursday at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. His family has been informed.

The number of UK personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001 is 391.

A spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lt Col Gordon Mackenzie, said the soldier had received treatment in Camp Bastion before being flown back to the UK.

"The soldier was on an engineering reconnaissance task in the Deh Adham Khan region of Nahr-e Saraj when he was injured," he said.

"His colleagues provided immediate first aid before he was evacuated by helicopter to the military hospital in Camp Bastion, where he received further medical attention.

"He was then flown under the care of a Critical Care Air Support Team to the Queen Elizabeth NHS Hospital in Birmingham where, tragically, he succumbed to his wounds, surrounded by members of his family.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very sad time."

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