From the BBC A British soldier has been killed by a mine explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. The soldier, of B Company 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, stepped on the mine while on patrol in Lashkar Gar at 1100 local time on Saturday. Next of kin have been informed. Since 2001, 110 British personnel have died in Afghanistan. The soldier's death takes the number of service personnel killed in Afghanistan since 8 June to 12.