British Soldier Killed In Afghanistan
Updated:22:40, Wednesday November 14, 2007
A British soldier has been killed in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.
The next of kin have been informed.
In a statement the MOD said: "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that a soldier serving with the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment has been killed today, Wednesday 14th November, in southern Afghanistan.
"An interpreter was also injured and is currently receiving treatment at the field hospital at Camp Bastion.
"Shortly before 11am local time a joint Afghan National Army and ISAF patrol was caught in an explosion south of the district centre of Sangin in Helmand Province.
"Immediate medical assistance was provided, but sadly the soldier was declared dead at the scene."
The latest death brings the total of British armed forces personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2002, the same number as were killed in the Falklands conflict.
A British soldier has died following an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.
Shortly before 1100 local time, a patrol was caught in a blast south of the district centre of Sangin in Helmand Province, the MoD added.
An Afghan interpreter was also injured and has been receiving treatment.
The soldier, who had been serving with the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was declared dead at the scene. Next of kin have been informed.
The International Security Assistance Force said the blast was the result of an improvised explosive device during a routine patrol by the Afghan National Army and the ISAF.
The soldier's family have requested a 24-hour period of grace before further details are released.
Wing Commander Antony McCord, a spokesman for Regional Command South, said: "Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the soldier who died in this tragic incident and with those of his wounded Afghan colleague."
The total number of British service personnel fatalities in Afghanistan and Iraq combined has now reached 255 - the same number as British personnel killed during the Falklands war.
The latest fatality brings the number of UK service personnel killed in Afghanistan since UK military operations began in November 2001 to 84.
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today..
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