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Missing British soldier found dead in Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
British Prime Minister David Cameron visits troops Monday in Helmand province. A British soldier also was found dead Monday.
British Prime Minister David Cameron visits troops Monday in Helmand province. A British soldier also was found dead Monday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • British soldier was found dead after going missing from a checkpoint
  • ISAF members found his body after an "extensive search"
  • He was found in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand province
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Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A British soldier who was reported missing from a checkpoint in Afghanistan early Monday was found dead later in the day, the British Ministry of Defense announced.

"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of a soldier from The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland," said Lt. Col. Tim Purbrick, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, in a statement.

After an "extensive search," fellow members of NATO's International Security Assistance Force found his body in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province, Purbrick said.

The soldier had suffered gunshot wounds. His identity was not immediately released.

A spokeswoman for David Cameron said the British prime minister is "deeply saddened by this news."

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh contributed to this report.

 
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