British soldier killed in Afghanistan named

The Ministry of Defence has named the soldier killed in Afghanistan on Sunday as Corporal Bryan James Budd, from 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment.

Cpl Budd, 29, died as a result of injuries sustained during a fire fight with Taliban forces in Sangin in the volatile Helmand Province in the south of the country.

The incident occurred during a routine patrol, close to the district centre. Three other British soldiers were injured in the incident, but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Cpl Budd lived in Ripon, North Yorkshire, with his wife, Lorena, and their two-year-old daughter Isabelle. He joined the army in December 1995, enlisting in the Parachute Regiment, before passing the selection process for 16 Air Assault Brigade's Pathfinder Platoon, an elite unit specially trained for long range reconnaissance missions.

Cpl Budd has served in Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Tootal, Cpl Budd's commanding officer, said: "Cpl Budd was an outstanding young man who had quickly risen through the ranks in the regiment. Extremely popular, he had a calm and professional manner that inspired confidence in all that worked with him; a natural leader. Bryan died doing the job he loved, leading his men from the front, where he always was.

"Bryan was proud to call himself a paratrooper and we were proud to stand beside him. One of the very best in all respects, he will be sadly missed by all his comrades in 3 PARA and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

Since 2001, 20 British armed forces personnel have died in Afghanistan.

The number of troops in Afghanistan is to be increased to 4,500.

There are currently almost 30,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan as part of the Nato presence fighting Taliban militia and local drugs lords.


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