British soldier killed in Afghanistan

British soldiers in Afghanistan
Image caption The number of British personnel killed in Afghanistan now stands at 342

A British soldier has been shot dead in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The soldier, from 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), was killed by gunfire in the Nahr-e Saraj North District.

He was serving with the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force and had been called out to defuse a suspect device.

The soldier's next of kin have been informed.

The number of UK personnel killed in operations in Afghanistan since 2001 now stands at 342.

Lt Col David Eastman, a spokesman for Taskforce Helmand, said: "The soldier was part of a team responsible for clearing ground of explosive ordnance for coalition and Afghan forces, as well as ensuring the safety of the local Afghan people.

"He sacrificed his life in the service of others, carrying out a hazardous but crucial task; he will live on in the memories of all who had the pleasure of knowing him."