British soldier killed in S Afghanistan

At least one British soldier has been killed in a militant attack in the troubled southern Afghan province of Helmand, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

The UK’s Ministry of Defence announced Tuesday that the soldier from the 14 Signals Regiment came under attack while on duty in Kakaran region of Helmand Province.

“A fantastic soldier has tragically died defending his comrades. He was the brightest and the best,” Spokesman for Task Force Helmand Lt Col Hywel Lewis said, adding, “Those who served alongside him were privileged and feel his loss most deeply. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family at this extremely difficult time.”

No further details were released regarding the soldier’s identity but the ministry says his family has been informed.

British troops have been based in Helmand Province since the US-led war in Afghanistan began. Thousands of British troops are currently stationed in the war-ravaged country.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual offensive against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

The militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider and bomb attacks.

US-led troops and Afghan forces are falling prey to Taliban attacks on an almost daily basis.

According to the latest figures released by the website icasualties.org, 3390 foreign soldiers, including a total of 445 British troops, have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led war began in October 2001.

The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.

The US-led war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.

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