'British special forces member' killed in Afghanistan
A British soldier has been killed in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday, with reports saying he was a member of the special forces.
The ministry said he had died on Thursday and described him as a Royal Marine, with no further details released, but reports said he was a member of the Special Boat Service (SBS).
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of a Royal Marine in Southern Afghanistan on Thursday 1, July 2010. Next of kin have been informed."
The death brings the number of British service personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to 310.
The then prime minister Gordon Brown revealed this year that 500 members of Britain's special forces were deployed in southern Afghanistan, although their activities are still meant to be an official secret.
Their activities are believed to include targeting Taliban leaders and drug warlords.
© 2010 AFP