U.K. Military Says British Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

The Ministry of Defense says a British soldier has been shot dead in southern Afghanistan.

The ministry says the soldier from 7th Battalion The Rifles was killed by small arms fire during a foot patrol near Sangin in Helmand province on Sunday morning.

His death brings to 233 the number of British military personnel who have died in Afghanistan since the start of operations there in late 2001.

The military says the soldier's family has been informed.