British soldier dies of injuries after Afghanistan blast

12th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

A British soldier has died in hospital in England after being badly injured in an explosion in Afghanistan last month, the Ministry of Defence said Thursday.

The unidentified soldier, from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire), was hurt while on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, on July 13.

He died late Wednesday in hospital in Birmingham, central England, and his family has been informed.

The death brings to 328 the number of British troops killed since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Around 9,500 British troops are in Afghanistan, making them the second largest contingent of the 150,000-strong international force battling an insurgency by the Taliban militia.

© 2010 AFP

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