British soldier killed in Afghan blast: MoD

5th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

A British soldier died in an explosion in Afghanistan Saturday, the Ministry of Defence announced, making him the 352nd member of the British armed forces to die in operations in the country.

"Unfortunately I must announce the sad loss of a soldier from 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment this morning," said Lieutenant Colonel David Eastman, a British military spokesman in the restive southern province of Helmand.

"The soldier was part of ongoing operations to secure an area in the north of Nad-e Ali when he was hit by an improvised explosive device.

"He was at the forefront of the fight to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan, putting his life on the line to secure our nation."

He is the fourth British soldier to die in Afghanistan this year.

Britain has about 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, making it the second-largest contributor after the United States to the NATO-led coalition.

Based in central Helmand, they are battling Taliban insurgents and training local security forces.

© 2011 AFP

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