Soldier wounded in Afghanistan dies in UK hospital

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British soldiers carry out regular patrols in Afghanistan

A soldier has died in a UK hospital after being injured in an explosion in Afghanistan, the MoD has said.

The soldier, from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire), was on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand when he was wounded on 13 July.

The MoD said he died while surrounded by his family, at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, on Wednesday.

The death brings the number of British service personnel killed in operations in Afghanistan since 2001, to 328.

Following the explosion, the soldier was treated at the scene before being flown to the UK.

Major Ronnie Goodwin, the officer commanding 1 Mercian's rear operations group, said: "The soldier gave his life trying to improve the lives of people in Helmand by providing much needed reassurance and security.

"He will be missed and remembered by all ranks."