A soldier from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was killed yesterday during an exchange of fire in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand.
He was part of a security cordon that was providing protection to enable a meeting to take place between local elders, ISAF and Afghan troops when he was killed by small arms fire.
The British death toll in this war now stands at 332.
It is also reported that four foreign mercenary snipers hired by the Taliban, have been killed after being tracked down by British Special Forces in Afghanistan. They were among at least three pairs of crackshots recruited by the Taliban from Pakistan, Egypt and Chechnya. The mercenaries - who can kill troops at a range of up to 650 yards - are understood to have shot dead up to ten British soldiers in recent weeks.
Six Afghan policemen were found shot dead yesterday in their station house in Helmand Province and three more were accidentally killed by friendly fire in the north of the country, a Nato spokesman said last night.