Afghanistan: UK soldier killed by bomb in Nahr-e Saraj

British troops on patrol in Gereshk, Afghanistan
Image caption Nearly 400 UK soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since military operations began in 2001

A soldier from 2nd Battalion The Rifles has died following an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The soldier's family has been informed.

The soldier was serving with the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment and was in the Mirmandab region of Nahr-e Saraj when he was killed by a bomb.

This latest death means the number of British military fatalities in Afghanistan since 2001 is now 386.

Task Force Helmand spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie said: "The loss of this brave soldier has affected us all.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very difficult time."

The previous UK soldier to be killed was Pte Matthew Adam Thornton.

The Territorial Army soldier, 28, from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, died following an explosion on Wednesday 9 November at Babaji in Helmand province.