British soldier dies year on from Afghan blast

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A British soldier has died of wounds sustained in Afghanistan nearly a year ago, the Ministry of Defence here said Saturday.

Colour Sergeant Alan Cameron, 42, from 1st Battalion Scots Guards, died on March 31 as a result of the serious injuries he received in Afghanistan on April 13 last year, the MoD said.

Cameron was struck by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol north of Lashkar Gah in the troubled southern Helmand Province.

The non-commissioned officer had been making a good recovery from his wounds after undergoing a number of difficult operations. He had met Prince Charles and Princess Anne during his recovery.

However, he collapsed and died suddenly at his home in Livingston, west of Edinburgh.

The post mortem found that his death was directly attributable to the injuries he suffered last year.

His death brings to 363 the number of British troops killed since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001. Of these, at least 318 were killed through hostile action.

"I was deeply saddened to hear the news that Colour Sergeant Alan Cameron had died of his wounds particularly after he had battled so bravely to return to full health," Defence Secretary Liam Fox said.

"Colour Sergeant Cameron was injured in the course of his duty in Afghanistan delivering better security both for Afghans and us at home.

"He was a soldier held in high esteem by all he served with and his loss will be felt keenly by his regiment."

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

They are based in central Helmand, battling Taliban insurgents and increasingly training local security forces.

© 2011 AFP

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