British soldier shot in Afghanistan dies of injuries

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A British soldier who was injured in southern Afghanistan last month has died in hospital in Birmingham, central England, the Ministry of Defence said Saturday.

The death of the soldier from the 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, brings the total number of British soldiers who have died in operations in Afghanistan to 335 since the US-led invasion in 2001.

The soldier was shot in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on August 23, and finally succumbed to his injuries at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Friday.

About 10,000 British troops are fighting in Afghanistan as part of a 150,000-strong international force battling Taliban militants.

© 2010 AFP

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