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UK Soldier Killed, Helmand, Afghanistan, 28 Jul 08

Ministry Of Defence (UK)

Soldier From 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment Of Scotland Killed In Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 28 Jul 2008

It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that a soldier from 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, attached to 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, was killed in Helmand province today, Monday 28 July 2008.

At 1006hrs local time, a joint Afghan National Army and UK Operational Mentoring Liaison Team were patrolling on foot in the Marjah area, west of Lashkar Gah, in Helmand province.

The patrol received reports from locals that the Taliban were in the area but before they could take up defensive positions they received incoming fire, and the soldier sustained a single gun shot wound.

The soldier was evacuated to the Joint Force Medical Facility at Camp Bastion by helicopter but sadly, and despite the best medical efforts, died as a result of his injuries. The soldier's next of kin have been informed.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel David Reynolds, said:

"Our thoughts are with the family at this tragic time. As a member of Task Force Helmand he was a colleague of all deployed here and he will be missed."

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ISAF REPORT (REFERENCE)

ISAF Soldier dies of wounds in Nad Ali district, Helmand province

KABUL, Afghanistan, 29 July 2008 - One ISAF soldier died from wounds yesterday after his foot patrol was attacked by insurgents in the Nad Ali district, Helmand province.

It is ISAF policy to not release the nationality of any casualty prior to the relevant national authority doing so.

Next of kin have been notified.

ENDS

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