100th British soldier killed in Afghan hotspot

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A 100th British soldier died in Afghanistan's Sangin area Thursday, the day after it was announced British troops there would hand control of the region to US forces.

The soldier, from 5th Regiment Royal Artillery, was killed by an explosion while on foot patrol, the Ministry of Defence said. His family have been informed.

The latest death brings to 313 the number of British foreces personnel who have died in Afghanistan since 2001.

The news came 24 hours after Defence Secretary Liam Fox said British troops would hand over control of violence-wracked Sangin in southern Afghanistan to US forces by the end of the year.

A total of 341 foreign troops have been killed there this year, with June accounting for 102 of them, making it the deadliest-yet month for the international forces.

© 2010 AFP

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