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Latest update : 2009-08-16

British military deaths in Afghanistan has reached 201, as a soldier injured on Thursday in the Helmand province died in a hospital in England, the Defence Ministry said. Violence has escalated in the country ahead of presidential elections.

AFP - Another British soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, bringing the total who have died there to 201, the Ministry of Defence said Sunday.
   
The soldier, from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, died from injuries sustained while out on foot patrol Saturday near Sangin in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.
   
Task Force Helmand spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Nick Richardson said: "The death of any comrade brings much sadness to the task force but we take consolation from the fact that these deaths are not in vain."
   
Relatives have been informed and further details will be released later.
   
The 200th soldier died Saturday, a milestone which Prime Minister Gordon Brown described as "deeply tragic".
   
British troops have been in Afghanistan since 2001. There has been a spike in deaths in the run-up to next week's presidential elections there.

Date created : 2009-08-16

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