Afghanistan/UK — Soldier from 101 Engineer Regiment killed in Afghanistan

It is with sad­ness that the Min­istry of Defence must con­firm that a sol­dier from 101 Engi­neer Reg­i­ment (Explo­sive Ord­nance Dis­pos­al) was killed in Afghanistan on Sun­day 27 June 2010.

Ministry of Defence
Source: Min­istry of Defence, UK
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The sol­dier was attached to the Joint Force Explo­sive Ord­nance Dis­pos­al Group, part of the Counter-Impro­vised Explo­sive Device Task Force, and was killed in a small arms fire engage­ment with insur­gent forces in the Nahr-e Saraj dis­trict of Hel­mand province.

Spokesman for Task Force Hel­mand, Lieu­tenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, said yes­ter­day:

“It is my sad duty to inform you that a sol­dier from 101 Engi­neer Reg­i­ment (EOD) was killed this after­noon in south­ern Nahr-e Saraj, Hel­mand province.

“He was attached to the Joint Force Explo­sive Ord­nance Dis­pos­al Group, part of the Counter-Impro­vised Explo­sive Device Task Force.

“The sol­dier was part of an EOD team that was extract­ing from an inci­dent when he was killed by small arms fire. He died seek­ing to rid Hel­mand of IEDs such that local Afghans could move freely through­out the province.

“He will be great­ly missed and his actions will not be for­got­ten. We will remem­ber him.”

Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a peri­od of grace before fur­ther details are released.

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Min­istry of Defence, UK