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Soldier dies in Brum after Afghan battle.

A SOLDIER has died at a Birmingham hospital after being shot by insurgents in Afghanistan.

The trooper's death at the city's Queen Elizabeth Hospital late on Friday brings the total number of British deaths this year to 89.

He sustained a gunshot wound in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province in Afghanistan, on the morning of 23 August.

The soldier was serving with 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, as part of Combined Force Nahre-Saraj carrying out operations to disrupt Taliban insurgents.

Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "His bravery and commitment in the face of danger will never be forgotten.

We will remember him."

The soldier's next of kin have been informed, though he was not named last night by the Ministry of Defence.

His death came after Afghan President Hamid Karzai used his traditional message marking the Eid Muslim holiday on Friday to call on the leader of the Taliban to stop fighting and join peace talks.

The president said: "We hope Mullah Mohammad Omar joins the peace process, gives up fratricide, gives up bombings and blasts, stops causing casualties to Afghanistan's children, women and men."
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 12, 2010
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