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    British soldier dies in Helmand blast

     KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier was killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Monday.

    The servicemember was killed late on Sunday following an improvised explosive device (IED) strike, the NATO-led force said in a brief statement.

    In line with its policy, ISAF neither disclosed the nationality of the fallen soldier nor the exact location of the incident.

    The UK Ministry of Defence said a British soldier was killed on Sunday by an explosion in southern Helmand province. The soldier was on patrol with Afghan security personnel when he was killed by an explosive device. His family has been informed.

    Lt. Col. Gordon Mackenzie, the spokesman for Task Force in Helmand, said: “It is with a heavy heart that I must confirm the death of a soldier from the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment after an explosion in the Jamal Kowi area of Nahr-i- Siraj in southern Helmand.”

    Since 2001, at least 2,812 foreign soldiers, including 389 British troops, have been killed in the country.

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