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British soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan

A British soldier has been killed in combat in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, Britain's Defence Ministry said today.

world Updated: Feb 17, 2009 11:59 IST

A British soldier has been killed in combat in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, Britain's Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

The soldier's death, which occurred on Monday, brought to 145 the number of British troops killed in Afghanistan since 2001 when US-led forces ousted the Taliban from power.

Britain has about 8,000 troops based in Afghanistan as part of a NATO force and most of them are deployed in Helmand where Taliban insurgents are highly active.