Soldier dies in Afghanistan

A soldier was killed in an explosion while on foot patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today.

A soldier was killed in an explosion while on foot patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today.

The soldier, from The 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, died yesterday morning as a result of the blast in Sangin, in northern Helmand province.

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.

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

“We grieve for his loss and join with his family and friends to mourn his passing.”

The MoD said next of kin had been informed.