Essex soldier dies in Afghanistan

A soldier from the counter-IED task force died following an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today.

A soldier from the counter-IED task force died following an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today.

The soldier, from 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), Royal Engineers, based in Wimbish, Essex, died from wounds suffered in the blast near Patrol Base Blenheim, near Sangin, in Helmand Province, yesterday afternoon. His family has been told.

His death takes the number of British service personnel who have died since the start of operations in Afghanistan in 2001 to 245.