Soldier killed in Afghanistan

A British soldier has been killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today.The soldier, from 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards, was killed while on a foot patrol in central Helmand Province yesterday morning.

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

The soldier, from 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards, was killed while on a foot patrol in central Helmand Province yesterday morning.

Next of kin have been informed.

An MoD spokesman said: "It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that a soldier from 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards has been killed in Afghanistan.

"The soldier was killed as a result of an explosion that happened whilst on a foot patrol near to Nad Ali District Centre in central Helmand Province, on the morning of October 5."

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Richardson, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "It is with much sadness that I have to report the death of a courageous soldier in Helmand Province.

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"Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies go out to his bereaved family, to his friends and to the many comrades of this proud and brave Guards soldier.''