The Ministry of Defense confirmed the death of a British soldier in southern Afghanistan in Helmand, a province focused on by the British Army for fighting Taliban forces.
A British soldier, part of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed near the town of Sangin in Helmand Province, on Friday.
The soldier’s family and relatives have been informed. The death toll of British service personnel killed in Afghanistan since operations began in 2001 has risen to 160. Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lt Col Nick Richardson commented, "He was one soldier who was here for one cause - to help the Afghan people. This true hero paid the ultimate sacrifice and his memory will live with us forever. We mourn his loss and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very sad time”, reports BBC. No one else was injured in the incident.
Helmand is the world’s largest opium producing region and much of the fighting between NATO and Taliban forces takes place in the province. The NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) replaced the U.S troops in Helmand in January 2006. British bases are located in Sangin, Lashkar Gah and Gerishk.
Helmand is another province, which shares its southern border with Pakistan.
This comes at a time when Pakistan is being highly criticized at its failure to contain Taliban insurgency at its borders.