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British soldier killed in southern Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Soldier killed by improvised explosive device
  • He was part of a security patrol

(CNN) -- A soldier died Sunday in southern Afghanistan, the British defense ministry said in a statement.

The soldier was assigned to 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment and was serving as part of Combined Force Nad'e Ali (South), according to the statement. He died in an improvised explosive device attack in the southern Nad'e Ali area of Helmand Province.

The soldier was part of a security patrol, Task Force Helmand spokesman Lt. Col. David Eastman said in a statement.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force had said earlier a servicemember was killed by an improvised explosive device, but did not divulge the soldier's nationality.

Next of kin have been informed, Britain's Ministry of Defence said.