British soldier killed in Afghanistan: defence ministry

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A British soldier was killed Sunday by an exploding grenade in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence in London said.

The soldier, from The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, was part of a reconnaissance force in the Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, a military spokesman, said the soldier "was part of an operation that was disrupting insurgents in northern Nad-e Ali when he was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade.

"Selfless in the course of his duty, he will be missed by his many friends. He was an inspirational soldier."

The soldier's family has been informed although his identity has not yet been revealed.

The death takes to 333 the British death toll in Afghanistan since 2001. Britain has around 10,000 troops as part of a 150,000 strong international force in the war-torn country battling the Taliban.

© 2010 AFP

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