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British soldier killed in Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- A United Kingdom soldier was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, Britain's Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

The solder was assigned to the 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, part of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles Battle Group, according to the statement. He was serving as part of Combined Forces Nahr-e Saraj South in Helmand Province when he died from a gunshot wound sustained during small-arms fire engagement with militants.

"He was conducting a joint foot patrol with the Afghan National Army, in order to reassure the local population following insurgent intimidation, when the incident took place," the ministry said.

"He died doing his duty, alongside his mates, whilst seeking to reassure the local population and counter insurgent intimidation," said Lt. Col. James Carr-Smith, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, in the statement.

The soldier's next of kin have been notified, and have asked for a 24-hour grace period before further details are released, the ministry said.