British marine killed in Afghan blast
A British marine has been killed in a blast in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence in London announced Thursday.
The man from 40 Commando Royal Marines was one of two British soldiers to die in the province of Helmand on Wednesday. The other, announced Wednesday, was killed in a firefight with Taliban-led insurgents.
"He was conducting a reassurance foot patrol in the green zone around Sangin when tragically he was struck by an explosion," military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith said of the marine.
His death brings to 288 the number of British troops killed in Afghanistan since operations began in 2001. He is the seventh to die this month.
The new coalition government in London has made the war in Afghanistan their foreign policy priority, and the foreign secretary and defence secretary visited the country last weekend.
Britain has about 9,000 troops deployed in Afghanistan as part of an international force, largely battling Taliban militants in Helmand.
© 2010 AFP