Sunday, 16 October 2011
A British soldier was shot dead yesterday while manning a checkpoint in Afghanistan's troubled Helmand province.
The Royal Gurkha Rifles soldier, from the regiment's 2nd Battalion, was killed during operations with Afghan police colleagues working to extend security in the Nahr-e Saraj region.
His death bring the number of British troops killed since the war began in October 2001 to 383 and of these at least 338 were killed in combat. He was the 35th member of our military to die this year in this unwinnable war.
The Ministry of Defence has now published details of the casualty figures for Operation HERRICK (Afghanistan). They are available here.