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Second British death in Afghanistan in 24 hours

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, May 27, IRNA -- A second British serviceman has been killed in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence announced Thursday.

A marine was killed in an explosion while conducting a reassurance foot patrol in the Green Zone around Sangin on Wednesday.

Earlier, a soldier was shot dead in a firefight when on patrol with Afghan National Army personnel near Nahr-e Saraj.

The latest deaths bring the total number of British troops killed in Afghanistan to 288 since the overthrow of the Taliban regime in 2001.

The majority of the victims have been caused by roadside bombs and on Monday Britain's top bomb disposal officer Colonel Bob Seddon announced he was resigning after voicing concerns over the pressures his team faces in Afghanistan.

Seddon’s sudden resignation came after he told the BBC's Panorama programme that he needed more people on the ground and raised fears over the job's psychological impact.

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