The Ministry of Defence has reported that a soldier from A Company 4 RIFLES, part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, was killed yesterday morning.
He died as a result of small arms fire near Sangin, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was on a foot patrol about 700 metres east of Patrol Base Blenheim, to the north east of Sangin District Centre.
The patrol he was on was part of ongoing operations by the 3 RIFLES Battle Group to expand the area of security around the District Centre, when he was shot and killed.
I take no pleasure from reporting the deaths of our military but I think it is essential that each is recorded. Each life lost in the name of Britain also means many other lives being changed forever. Families and friends will never forget their loved ones, they will have to live with their grief and the belief that no life was lost in vain.
267 lives have now been lost in the Afghanistan war.