Soldier with 33 Engineer Regiment dies in explosion in southern Afghanistan

A SOLDIER based at the Carver Barracks in Wimbish was killed in an explosion while clearing bombs in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The serviceman from 33 Engineer Regiment was serving with the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) task force.

His family has been told.

Spokesman for the UK’s Task Force Helmand operation in Afghanistan, Lieutenant Colonel David Eastman, said: “The soldier was caught in an explosion whilst serving as part of the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force, engaged in vital work securing an area in Nahr-e Saraj for the protection of local Helmandis.

“His was a dangerous and unforgiving, but essential role, and in protecting the soldiers and friends he served with, and the people of Helmand, he has paid the ultimate price.

“His bravery and courage are beyond question. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”