Explosives Expert Dies In Afghanistan

A British Army bomb disposal expert from 101 Engineer Regiment has been killed in Afghanistan.

The death takes the total number of UK service personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to 309.

The soldier's next of kin have been informed of the death, which happened on Sunday in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province and the Ministry of defence has said that he didn't die in an explosion, but was killed in a firefight with insurgents.

The soldier was serving as part of the counter-improvised explosive device task force.

He died at the same time as ceremonies were being held across the UK to mark the second annual Veterans Day, which honour the armed forces and their continuing scarifices.

Meanwhile, a senior military figure has said the UK must put "maximum pressure" on the Taliban to clear them out of Afghanistan.

Sir Richard Dannatt's remarks follow PM David Cameron's comments about wanting British troops to leave before the next general election.

The former head of the Army said it was important the Taliban were not able to "sit out" the time until international forces are withdrawn.

He said counter-insurgency operations "always take time" and it was important that the military effort was properly resourced and given political support.

Sir Richard said Mr Cameron had made clear "we don't want to be there for one day longer or with one soldier more than we need before we have achieved the aim".

See: Veterans Week Marks Past Sacrifices


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