Soldier killed in afghanistan

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

The soldier from the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) died yesterday in the blast from an improvised explosive device in the Jamal Kowi area of the Nahr-e Saraj district of central Helmand, a spokesman said. Next of kin have been informed.

The soldier, serving as a part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (South), was a member of a joint foot patrol with Afghan National Security Forces, the spokesman added.

Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: ‘It is with a heavy heart that I must confirm the death of a soldier from the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment earlier today after an explosion in the Jamal Kowi area of Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand Province.

‘Our deepest condolences are extended to his family at this very difficult time and all of our thoughts and prayers are with them.’

The family asked for a 24 hour period of grace until more details were released.

The death takes the number of British troops who have died since operations in Afghanistan began in 2001 to 389.