Afghanistan/UK – Soldier from Royal Dragoon Guards killed in Afghanistan

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that a soldier from The Royal Dragoon Guards, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (South), was killed in Afghanistan today, Monday 5 July 2010.

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The soldier was killed in an explosion while on a vehicle patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province this morning.

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

„It is with deep sadness I must inform you that a soldier from The Royal Dragoon Guards was killed this morning in southern Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand province.

„He was attached to the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles Battle Group. He was part of a screening force that was providing protection to enable the building of a road in the Babaji area, such that local Afghans could move more freely, when he was struck by an explosion.

„He died in the course of his duty and among his fellow soldiers. His courage and sacrifice 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