British soldier killed in Afghanistan

A British soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan today while out on patrol in the restive southern province of Helmand, the Ministry of Defense said.

A British soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan today while out on patrol in the restive southern province of Helmand, the Ministry of Defense said.

The soldier, from the 5th Battalion The Rifles, is the 390th British military fatality since operations in Afghanistan began ten years ago.

"I have the sad duty to inform you that a soldier from the 5th Battalion The Rifles was killed earlier today after an explosion while on a foot patrol to disrupt insurgent activity in the Babaji area of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand province," said military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very difficult time."

Britain has about 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, most of them battling Taliban insurgents and training local security forces in Helmand.

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