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British soldier killed by Taliban suicide bomber in Afghanistan

Posted on 2:08 PM by Sameer Shah

A Taliban suicide bomber has killed a British soldier travelling in a convoy in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

The soldier, who has not yet been named, was travelling in a fleet of Nato vehicles when his vehicle was deliberately rammed by the bomber driving a car, the Ministry of Defence confirmed.

He was taken to a military hospital with two other seriously wounded British soldiers but later died of his wounds following the attack at 4pm local time on Monday. The dead serviceman was from 16 Signal Regiment.

The British mission in Afghanistan has now suffered 28 fatalities this year compared to 42 for the whole of last year and 39 in 2006. The total British death toll now stands at 115.

The Nato convoy was travelling on the main road on Kabul's eastern outskirts when the device was detonated also killing three civilians and wounding 12 others.

"I turned my head and saw a big burst of fire next to my car," said Ahmed Shakeb, 22, who witnessed the attack. "I saw that the convoy was British."

A Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahed, claimed responsibility for the blast, and said a man named Aminullah from the eastern Khost province blew himself up. The claim could not be independently verified.

In a statement, the MoD said: "It is with deep regret that we must announce that a soldier from 16 Signal Regiment has died in a suicide attack.

"The three British soldiers were evacuated to a military hospital where one of them sadly died from his wounds. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and comrades."

It added that next of kin had been informed.

The attacks come at a time of an increased insurgent activity throughout the country. The number of insurgent attacks in the first six months of 2008 were over 50 per cent higher compared to the same period last year, according to an Afghan security group that advises foreign aid agencies.

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