British Soldier Dies In 'Enemy Fire' In Afghanistan

Another British soldier had been killed in southern Afghanistan, it has been confirmed by the Ministry of Defence.

The soldier, from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, attached to the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, died on Thursday, after coming under fire while on routine patrol.

A MoD spokesperson said: "On Thursday 24 July 2008 a routine patrol from Forward Operating Base Inkerman in the Sangin area came under enemy fire.

"Five other soldiers from 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment and one from 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment were injured by small arms fire."

It is believed that the solider, who has not yet been named, was a dog-handler responsible for animals capable of searching for weapons and explosives.

The soldiers next of kin have been informed.

Five of the casualties will be returning to duties and the remaining casualty will be returning to the UK for further treatment. It is not thought that the soldiers injuries are life threatening.

The latest death brings the number of British service personnel who have died in action in Afghanistan to 112.

So far this year, the upheaval in Southern Afghanistan led by Taliban insurgents has claimed 2,700 lives.

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