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Tuesday 8th January 2013 | 06:18
Ministry of Defence statement
It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce the death of a soldier from 28 Engineer Regiment, attached to 21 Engineer Regiment, on Monday 7 January 2013 as a result of small arms fire from a suspected member of the Afghan National Army, who turned his weapon on ANA and ISAF soldiers in Patrol Base Hazrat in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Laurence Roche, said:
"It is my painful duty to report the death of a soldier from 28 Engineer Regiment, who was shot and killed by a suspected member of the Afghan National Army at a patrol base in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province."
"This is an extremely sad day for the Corps of Royal Engineers and everyone serving with Task Force Helmand. Our thoughts are with the soldier's family and friends at this time."
The soldier's family have been informed and they have requested a 24-hour period of grace before further details are released.