June 21, 2010
The MoD today confirmed the 300th British fatality in Afghanistan, a widely anticipated but still grim milestone in the nine-year war.
The dead soldier’s name is not being released yet at the request of his family, but he was a Royal Marine from 40 Commando who was gravely injured in an explosion while on patrol in the Sangin district of Helmand on 12 June. He died yesterday at the New Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham.
The marine was the 15th to die in the province in the last month. Another marine from 40 Commando, injured by small arms fire in Sangin on the following day, died last week in the same hospital.
David Cameron described the announcement as “desperately sad news”.
“Of course, the 300th death is no more or less tragic than the 299 that came before. But it’s a moment for the whole country to reflect on the incredible service and sacrifice and dedication that the armed forces give on our behalf.”
This article was posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 at 8:52 am