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British Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan

A Royal Marine has been killed by a bomb in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

He was on foot patrol in the Sukmanda area of Nahr-e Saraj district when he was hit by an explosion.

The man, who has not been named, was from 42 Commando Royal Marines. His next of kin have been informed.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lt Col Tim Purbrick, said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

His death takes the total number of UK military deaths in Afghanistan since operations started in 2001 to 380.

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