Guardsman Killed in Afghanistan

My condolences and prayers for the families and Regiment of the fallen and injured soldiers.

A British soldier was killed and four others were injured in southern Afghanistan overnight, the Ministry of Defence said today.

The serviceman, from 1st Battalion the Grenadier Guards, was killed while taking part in an operation last night to clear a Taliban-occupied compound on the outskirts of Garmsir, Helmand Province.

While clearing the enemy's positions, there was an explosion at around midnight which caused five casualties. Those injured were rescued under Taliban fire and met by a medical team, which pronounced one soldier dead at the scene.

The next of kin of the soldiers involved have been informed, the MoD said.

The soldier's death brings the toll of fatalities among British Forces personnel in Afghanistan since the start of operations in November 2001 to 55. Of these, 33 were killed in action - including two who died as a result of injuries sustained in action - while 22 are known to have died either as a result of illness, non-combat injuries or accidents.

A total of 582 soldiers fighting for the Nato-led forces have died since the Taliban government was toppled in 2001.

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