Irish soldier is killed in Taliban blast; TROOPS.Byline: By DECLAN VARLEY
AN Irish-born soldier serving with the British Royal Marines Royal Marines
Brit a corps of soldiers specially trained in amphibious warfare was killed in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Robert McKibben, 32, believed to be from Westport, Co Mayo, was patrolling with colleagues in the Helmand province when the bomb exploded.
The soldiers, from the UK Landing Force Command Support Group, were working in the area when they were hit by an explosion, thought to be caused by the Taliban.
The Royal Marines were taking part in a routine joint patrol with Afghan security forces in the southern Garmsir district The Gamsir District is located in the southern part of Helmand Province,Afghanistan.The district is large, but all the villages are along the Helmand River.The rest part is a desert. The population is 74 800-99% of them Pashtun and 1% Balouch. of Helmand when their vehicle was struck by an explosive device at 4:47pm.
The deaths brought to 124 the number of British army The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. It came into being with unification of the governments and armed forces of England and Scotland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. soldiers who have died in Afghanistan since the USled invasion in late 2001.
The UK has around 8,000 troops in Afghanistan.
TRAGIC Robert McKibben