British marine dies after Afghanistan firefight: officials

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A British marine has died of injuries sustained in a firefight while out on foot patrol in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.

The man, from 40 Commando Royal Marines, died in hospital in Birmingham, central England, Monday from injuries he received in Sangin, southern Afghanistan, on Sunday.

"He was part of a foot patrol that was providing local security whilst engineering improvements were being made to a patrol base in Sangin District when the incident happened," said Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith.

"His courage and sacrifice will not be forgotten."

The marine's family has been informed.

The death brings to 296 the number of British personnel who have died in Afghanistan since operations against the Taliban began in 2001. There are currently around 10,000 British troops there as part of a NATO-led mission.

© 2010 AFP

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