A British soldier from the Royal Military Police was killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan Thursday, Britain's Ministry of Defence announced.

The ministry says the soldier died as the result of a blast that struck as he was patrolling the area around Gereshk District Center in Afghanistan's Helmand Province Thursday morning. No further details were provided.

"It is my sad duty to confirm the death of a soldier, a Royal Military Policeman, in an explosion earlier today in Helmand Province," said Lieutenant Colonel David Wakefield, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, according to Sky News.

"He died doing his duty and we will remember him."

The fatality brings to 222 the number of British military personnel who have died in Afghanistan since the start of operations there in late 2001.

The military says next of kin have been informed.

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Sky News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.