British soldier killed in Afghanistan

A British soldier has been killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today.

A British soldier has been killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today.

The serviceman, from 2nd Battalion The Rifles - the battalion which includes Ipswich councillor Alasdair Ross - died while on a foot patrol near Gereshk in central Helmand Province yesterday afternoon.

Mr Ross, who returned to The Rifles seven years after leaving the army because of his expertise, left messages on his Twitter site early this morning.

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Richardson, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: “It is with extreme sadness that I must report the death of a brave soldier.


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“He laid down his life for his country and for the good people of Afghanistan.

“We grieve for his loss and join with his family and friends to mourn his passing. He will always be remembered.”

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The soldier's next of kin have been informed.

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