Soldier attached to task force in Helmand killed by enemy fire while on patrol, taking total UK toll to 445
A British soldier has been killed in enemy fire while on patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has announced.
The soldier, from 14 Signals Regiment (Electronic Warfare), attached to the Task Force Helmand Brigade Reconnaissance Force, died during a patrol in Helmand province, the MoD said.
The death takes to 445 the number of UK service personnel who have lost their lives since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001, and is the seventh this year.
It is the first UK death in Afghanistan since Corporal William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint, and Private Robert Hetherington died when their Mastiff armoured vehicle hit an improvised explosive device on a routine patrol on 30 April.