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Soldier is killed by explosion.

A BRITISH soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan yesterday - the second to die in the country in 48 hours.

The soldier, from 19 Regiment Royal Artillery, was killed at around 9.30am local time when his vehicle was blown up following an exchange of fire.

The Ministry of Defence said four other soldiers were injured.

The clash happened after a patrol left a base in the town of Gareshk, in the lawless Helmand province.

The injured were flown to an ISAF medical base in Camp Bastion and one soldier was pronounced dead on arrival.

His next of kin have been informed and have requested a period of grace before further details are released.

The death follows that of Captain Sean Dolan of 1st Battalion, the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, who was killed on an operation with US and Afghan troops in the north of Helmand province on Saturday.

The coalition forces battled a large group of Taliban fighters near the village of Qaleh-e-Gaz.

Capt Dolan was injured trying to destroy a damaged coalition forces vehicle to deny it to the enemy and later died from his wounds.

The toll of British military fatalities in Afghanistan since the start of operations in November 2001 has reached 63.


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 2, 2007
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