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British soldier killed in Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The soldier was mentoring an Afghan national army patrol
  • He was struck by small-arms fire

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A British soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, Britain's Ministry of Defense said Wednesday.

The soldier, from 1st Battalion Irish Guards serving with Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (North), died from a gunshot wound sustained in an ambush during a patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj (North) district of Helmand Province.

"The soldier was carrying out vital work mentoring an Afghan national army patrol, in order to develop their ability to protect the people of Nahr-e Saraj (North), when he was struck by small-arms fire, said Lt. Col. David Eastman, a spokesman for Task Force Helmand.

In all, 344 British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since October 7, 2001.