London: A British bomb disposal expert was
killed in southern Afghanistan when an improvised explosive
device went off as he was clearing a road, the Ministry of
Defence in London said.
The soldier, part of a specialist group tasked with
tackling the threat from IEDs laid by Taliban insurgents, was
caught in the blast in Lashkar Gah district, in troubled
Helmand Province. His next of kin had been informed.
The death of the soldier, from 23 Pioneer Regiment, The
Royal Logistic Corps, brings to 348 the number of British
troops killed since operations in Afghanistan began in October
The rate of British troops being killed has dropped since
they handed over control of the flashpoint Helmand market town
of Sangin to US forces in September.
Britain has around 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, largely
battling Taliban militants in Helmand.