Sunday, October 16, 2011

British soldier shot dead in Afghanistan

A British soldier has been killed in Afghanistan. The soldier, from the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Gurkha Rifles, was shot dead in the Nahr-e Saraj region of Helmand region on Saturday. Next of kin have been informed.

Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said the soldier was killed while protecting a checkpoint: "It is with great sadness that I declare that a soldier from the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Gurkha Rifles was killed during operations with Afghan police partners to expand security in the Nahr-e Saraj region of Helmand.

"Whilst protecting a checkpoint, his team came under dissatisfied small arms fire, during which he received a fatal gunshot wound.

"The thoughts and prayers of all those serving in Helmand are with his family at this very difficult time," he said.

The death takes to 383 the number of British forces personnel or MoD civilians killed in Afghanistan given that the start of operations in October 2001.

The last British serviceman to be killed in Afghanistan was Royal Marine David Fairbrother, 24, of Blackburn, Lancashire, who was shot dead after his patrol was ambushed in southern Afghanistan.

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