UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

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The number of UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan now stands at 340

A British soldier has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.

The soldier, from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment attached to 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, was killed in the morning.

The soldier was carrying out a patrol in Helmand Province. The soldier's family have been told of his death.

It brings the number of British military personnel killed on operations in Afghanistan since 2001 to 340.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lt Col David Eastman, said: "The soldier was carrying out a patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj area of the province, when he was hit by an explosion.

"He gave his life protecting the people of the United Kingdom and Afghanistan - no more could be asked of any man. He will be sorely missed."