Soldier from 2 Para KIA

A British soldier has been killed in a blast in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.

The member of the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment was hit in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province. His next of kin have been told.

Task Force Helmand spokesman Lieutenant Colonel David Eastman said he died fighting oppression and intimidation, and would not be forgotten.

The number of UK military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 stands at 350.

RIP Martin. You were a great lad and a credit to our community policing team before you joined the mob. You'll be much missed. It comes as no surprise that you were going to the aid of a fellow soldier when you were killed. It's so typical of the character of the young lad of whom we had so much respect.

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