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Afghanistan: British Soldier Killed By Enemy Fire
A British soldier understood to have been serving in the Special Forces has been killed in action in Afghanistan.
"It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) must announce the death of a soldier from the Royal Engineers in Afghanistan on 23 December, 2013," the MoD said in a statement.
"The serviceman was killed in action as a result of enemy fire whilst on operations east of Kabul."
Next of kin have been informed.
The death takes the number of UK service members who have lost their lives since operations began in Afghanistan in October 2001 to 447.
The majority of British forces are in Helmand Province, in the south of the country, but some also operate elsewhere, including in and around the capital, Kabul.
British combat troops are due to have left the country by the end of 2014.
There are just four bases remaining outside Camp Bastion, due to be closed down one by one in the new year, and the number of personnel has been reduced from 9,000 at the start of the year to around 5,200.
Prime Minister David Cameron said during a visit to the base last week that Afghanistan was "mission accomplished" and that British troops could return to the UK with their "heads held high".
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