Soldier killed on Afghan patrol

British soldiers in Afghanistan Image copyright PA
Image caption British deaths in Afghanistan have reached 418

A soldier from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards has been killed on patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

A grenade blast killed the man. His name has not been released yet, but his family has been informed.

The patrol was operating in the north of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand Province.

The death brings the number of British military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 to 418.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Ian Lawrence, said: "The thoughts of all within Task Force Helmand are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

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