British army bomb disposal expert killed in Afghanistan

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A British army bomb disposal expert was killed by gunfire while he was trying to clear a suspect device in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the defence ministry said.

The soldier, from 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), died in the Nahr-e Saraj district of restive southern Helmand province.

"The soldier was part of a team responsible for clearing ground of explosive ordnance for coalition and Afghan forces... when he was killed by small arms fire," Task Force Helmand spokesman Lieutenant Colonel David Eastman said.

A total of 341 British troops have now died in Afghanistan from all causes since operations began in October 2001.

Britain has around 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, mostly in Helmand, making it the second largest contributor to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

© 2010 AFP

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