UK soldier dies from Afghanistan gunshot injuries

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Image caption A total of 335 British military personnel have now been killed in Afghanistan

A British soldier has died in hospital from injuries he suffered in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The soldier, from 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was shot in the south of Afghanistan.

He died from his wounds in a British hospital on Friday, the Ministry of Defence revealed.

The family of the soldier, who was part of the Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj, has been told of his death.

The serviceman was shot on 23 August in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand.

He died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Lt Col James Carr-Smith, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "It is with great sadness I must inform you that a soldier died of his wounds yesterday.

"He was serving as part of the Royal Gurkha Rifles Battle Group."

'Bravery and commitment'

Lt Col Carr-Smith continued: "The soldier was conducting interdiction and disrupt operations in southern Nahr-e Saraj when he was struck by small arms fire.

"His bravery and commitment in the face of danger will never be forgotten."

The death brings the total number of British military personnel killed in Afghanistan since the conflict began to 335.

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