British soldier killed in Afghanistan
A British soldier became the country's first loss of the war in Afghanistan in 2009 when he was killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan on the New Year's Day.
Liam Elms, the soldier from the 6th Battalion The Rifles, was on a routine patrol in the Garmsir district, in Helmand province on Thursday afternoon when the incident happened, Sky News reported on Friday.
Commander Paula Rowe, the Ministry of Defense spokesperson for Task Force Helmand, said it is deeply saddening to confirm the loss of a British soldier who died while helping to provide security in Southern Helmand.
The soldier's family has been informed and has asked for a period of grace before further details are released.
A total of 138 British service personnel have died in Afghanistan since the start of operations in October 2001, reported Xinhua.