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Lance Corporal Duane Groom from The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards who as killed in Afghanistan on Friday Credit: Mod/PA Wire

An Aldershot based soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Friday when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb was named today as Lance Corporal Duane Groom from The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. He was based at the Lille Barracks in Aldershot.

The Ministry of Defence said the 32-year-old, who was born in Fiji, was protecting his Afghan and British colleagues when he was killed in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.

Aldershot soldier killed by a bomb has been named

The Aldershot based soldier killed in Afghanistan on Friday has been named. Lance Corporal Duane Groom was killed in action when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Helmand Province. He was a member of 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards who are based at the Lille Barracks in Aldershot.

The 32-year-old was born in Fiji and joined the British Army in 2007. Two years later he joined 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. He deployed for his second tour of Afghanistan in April.

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel James Bowder, said: "Lance Corporal Groom was an outstanding soldier in every respect. Tough, keen, and unflappable, he was utterly committed to his fellows and the cause. We are all tremendously proud of what he achieved during his time in the Regiment."

Aldershot soldier killed by bomb

The Grenadier Guards have undertaken several tours of Afghanistan Credit: MoD

An Aldershot-based solider has been killed in Afghanistan after his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. The soldier from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards - who are based at the Lille Barracks in Aldershot - died while travelling in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province yesterday.

His next of kin have been informed. The incident is not being connected with an attack later that evening on Camp Bastion, where two US marines were killed in the assault by the Taliban on the American side of the camp.

A senior Taliban commander said Prince Harry - who is stationed there - was the real target and that the attack was also in revenge for a film mocking Islam. The death of the UK soldier took the number of British military deaths since operations began in Afghanistan in 2001 to 428.

Prince Harry was unharmed after an attack on the Camp Bastion military compound in Afghanistan in which two US Marines were killed Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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