Another British soldier is killed

A British soldier was killed during an incident in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said yesterday.

A British soldier was killed during an incident in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said yesterday.

The soldier, from the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, died as a result of injuries sustained during what the MoD described as "a contact" in Sangin, in the northern Helmand region.

Three other British soldiers suffered minor injuries in the incident.

The death brings the number of British forces personnel who have died in Afghanistan since the start of operations in November 2001 to 20.

Two of the dead came from the North-East.

The Ministry of Defence classifies 13 as killed in action, including as a result of hostile action, while seven are known to have died either as a result of illness, non-combat injuries or accidents.

Eight days ago L Cpl Sean Tansey, 26, from South Shields, was killed while repairing a damaged tank.

L Cpl Tansey, who was serving with the Household Cavalry, was servicing a Scimitar at a UK base near Sangin, in northern Helmand, when the accident happened.

Also over the weekend Afghanistan insurgents killed four US soldiers and wounded six others in separate clashes.

Yesterday, Afghan forces aided by Nato aircraft and artillery said they killed 71 suspected Taliban militants in running battles.

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