UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

Generic image of British soldiers patrolling in Afghanistan
Image caption Seven UK servicemen have died in Nahr-e Saraj district since the start of June

A British soldier has been killed while on patrol with Afghanistan's police in Helmand province, the Ministry of Defence says.

The soldier, from Gloucestershire-based 1st Battalion The Rifles, was shot in the Nahr-e Saraj district, on Wednesday. His family has been told.

Lt Col Tim Purbrick said: "They came under small arms fire during which he was fatally wounded."

Some 381 UK service personnel have died in Afghanistan operations since 2001.

Roadside bombs

The latest death occurred in the village of Haji Khodin Nazar.

Seven other British military personnel have died in Nahr-e Saraj since the beginning of June.

Royal Marine Commando Sgt Barry Weston was killed just over two weeks ago when a roadside bomb detonated while he was on foot patrol in Sukmanda.

Army Lt Daniel Clack had died in similar circumstances in the Shaparak area a fortnight earlier.