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British airman killed in Kandahar province

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, Feb 25, IRNA -- A British airman has been killed in an explosion in Kandahar province in Afghanistan, but his death was said to be unconnected to Operation Moshtarak offensive.

According to the Ministry of Defence in London, the airman was part of the Kandahar Airfield Defence Force and was killed while on vehicle patrol on Wednesday evening.

His death brings the total number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan to 264 since the overthrow of the Taliban regime in 2001. It is the 13th fatality suffered by Britain so far this month, up from six killed in January.

Operation Moshtarak, which started two weeks ago, is being billed as "NATO's biggest test" of the new US-led counter-insurgency policy, aimed at shoring up security around Kandahar city and recapturing remaining Taliban strongholds in Chah-e-Anjir, Western Babaji, Trek Narwa and Marjah in Helmand.

Last week, an airstrike against suspected insurgents not connected to the offensive killed five Afghan civilians and wounded two others in the Zhari district of Kandahar province.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 980448



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