London: Britain`s Defence Ministry says a soldier has been killed in southern Afghanistan during an operation to tackle insurgents.
The serviceman, from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed on Friday while on patrol to disrupt insurgent action in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province.
Task Force Helmand, Maj Ian Lawrence said the soldier "was killed by enemy action”, but did not offer more specific details of the incident that lead to his death.
His next of kin have been informed, but no details of the soldier`s identity have been disclosed.
The fatality follows the death of another British soldier on Wednesday, also in Helmand province -- where Britain`s 9,500 troops are based.
A total of 419 British troops have died in Afghanistan since 2001.