Soldier from Grenadier Guards dies in Afghanistan

UK soldier in Afghanistan The number of British military deaths since operations began in Afghanistan stands at 428

A British soldier has been killed in southern Afghanistan after his vehicle hit a roadside bomb, the Ministry of Defence says.

The soldier - from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards - was hit while travelling in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Friday.

His next of kin have been informed. The incident was not connected with an attack later that evening on Camp Bastion, the UK's main base in the country, an MoD spokesman said.

Two US marines were killed in the assault by the Taliban on the American side of the camp. There are no reports of any British fatalities.

A Taliban spokesman told the BBC the attack on the base in Helmand was in revenge for a film mocking Islam.

The death of the UK soldier took the number of British military deaths since operations began in Afghanistan in 2001 to 428.

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