British soldier dies of Afghanistan injuries

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A British soldier has died in hospital in Britain from wounds he suffered in an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday.

The soldier was injured on Sunday while on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.

His patrol was providing protection for the clearance of a road in the Upper Gereshk Valley when an improvised explosive device -- the name given to the homemade bombs used by Taliban insurgents -- blew up.

The soldier was treated on the ground and at a British army base before being flow to Britain for further treatment, but he died in hospital in Birmingham, central England, on Monday.

A total of 312 British forces personnel have now died while serving in Afghanistan since the start of operations in October 2001. Of these, at least 274 were killed as a result of hostile action.

© 2010 AFP

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