September 18, 2014

British soldier injured in Afghanistan dies in UK: Officials

By Mirwais Adeel - Wed Jan 16 2013, 8:29 pm

British soldier injured in Afghanistan diesBritish defense officials on Wednesday announced a British service member died of his wounds suffered during combat in Afghanistan.

The deceased British soldier belonged to 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and died in a UK hospital, British defense ministry said.

The soldier was injured on Monday following militants attack in Lashkargah district of southern Helmand province.

British defense officials said the family of the deceased soldier has been informed after he died in Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham on Wednesday.

Maj Chris Boryer, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: “It is my solemn duty to report the death of a soldier from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment who has died as a result of wounds sustained whilst on duty in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand Province.

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone serving in Task Force Helmand are with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”

This is the second British soldier die in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2013.

A suspected member of the Afghan army ran amok at a patrol base in the heart of Helmand province, killing a British soldier and injuring six others in what appeared to be another “green on blue” attack.

The dead soldier, a member of 28 Engineer Regiment, attached to 21 Engineer Regiment, was shot on Monday at Hazrat patrol base, in the troubled Nahr-e Saraj district north of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.

The killer was shot dead at the scene. The Taliban immediately claimed it was behind the attack — identifying the “infiltrator” as Mohammad Qasim Faroq.

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