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British Soldier KIlled in helmand


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It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that a soldier from 1st Battalion The Rifles was killed by enemy fire in an area North West of Lashkar Gah in Southern Helmand on 17 December 2008.

He was taking part in an operation against enemy forces in the district of Nad-e-Ali. He received immediate medical care at the scene and was taken by helicopter to the military hospital at Camp Bastion for further treatment. Sadly, despite the best efforts of the medical team, he subsequently died of his wounds.

Spokesperson for Task Force Helmand, Commander Paula Rowe, said:

"The death of this soldier has left everyone in Task Force Helmand deeply saddened. Whilst words cannot ease their devastating loss, our heartfelt condolences go to his family, friends and colleagues at this time."

Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.