British marine killed in Afghanistan: officials

23rd June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Another British marine was killed in Afghanistan Wednesday, taking the country's military death toll in the war-torn country to 303.

The marine was the fourth from 40 Commando Royal Marines to die in four days, during a week that saw the British toll in Afghanistan pass 300.

"It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of a marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, on Wednesday 23rd June 2010," the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

"The marine was killed by small arms fire during a fire-fight with insurgent forces in the Sangin District of Helmand Province.

"He was conducting a security patrol to reassure local nationals in the area around the patrol base when the fire-fight occurred."

The latest death came in the Sangin district of the southern province of Helmand, where most of Britain's 9,500 troops in Afghanistan are deployed battling Taliban insurgents.

On Monday, officials announced the 300th military death in Afghanistan since 2001, prompting Prime Minister David Cameron to pledge to withdraw troops as soon as the war-torn state can handle its own security -- but not before.

The soldier's family has been informed of the death.

© 2010 AFP

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