The soldier has not yet been named
9:53am UK, Thursday June 14, 2012
A soldier from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards has been killed while on patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.
The thoughts of all within Task Force Helmand are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
Major Ian Lawrence, Task Force Helmand
The soldier, who has not yet been named, was on a patrol to defuse insurgent activity in the north of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand Province, when he was caught in the blast from an enemy grenade on Wednesday.
He died despite receiving immediate medical treatment, a spokesman said. His family have been informed.
Major Ian Lawrence, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: “Sadly I must inform you that a soldier from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards has been killed whilst on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.
“The thoughts of all within Task Force Helmand are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
The soldier becomes the 418th member of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001.
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