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Royal Anglian killed in action

A soldier from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment has been killed in Afghanistan during an operation to disrupt insurgent activity.

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Dead soldier expected to be named today

A soldier from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment who was killed yesterday in Afghanistan is expected to be named today. His next of kin have been informed. The soldier is the 419th member of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Ian Lawrence said: "It is with deep sorrow that I must confirm that a soldier from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment has been killed by enemy action whilst deployed on operations in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province.

"The thoughts of all within Task Force Helmand are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

The death is just two days after 23-year-old L/Cpl Ashworth from Kettering in Northamptonshire was killed in a grenade blast on Wednesday.

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