Shot UK soldier dies in hospital The soldier was shot in Helmand Province A soldier has died in hospital in Birmingham after being shot in Afghanistan at the weekend, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. The officer, who has not yet been named, died at Selley Oak Hospital. The British soldier, who was with the 1st Battalion, The Welsh Guards, was shot in Helmand Province on Saturday. His next of kin were at his bedside at the military hospital when he died. A total of 158 UK troops have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001. The officer was given medical attention on the ground and at a field hospital before being flown back to the UK for further specialist treatment, the MoD said. Sorely missed Task Force Helmand spokesman Lt Col Nick Richardson said: "Today is a very sad day and we are deeply moved by the death of this brave officer. "His loss will be felt most sorely by his family and friends, as well as those of us who served alongside him. "He gave his life serving our country and defending the good people of Afghanistan. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy go to his loved ones at this very difficult time." He is the fifth serviceman to die in Afghanistan this month after four servicemen were killed in Helmand Province on Thursday.