30/07/2007

Royal Marine Killed In Afghanistan

A Royal Marine was killed during operations in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

A MoD spokesperson confirmed that next of kin had been informed and said that further details will be released following a 24-hour grace period.

The death brings the number of British servicemen to be killed in Afghanistan in the past week to four.

Last Wednesday, Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins, 22, from the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment died in a roadside bomb blast, while Guardsman David Atherton, 25, from the Ist Battalion Grenadier Guards, died during a fierce fire fight against Taliban fighters near the village of Mirmandab.

On Friday, Sergeant Barry Keen, 34, from 14 Signal Regiment, was killed by a mortar attack, also near the village of Mirmandab.

The number of UK military fatalities in Afghanistan since operations began in 2001 has now risen to 68.

(KMcA/SP)

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