British soldier shot dead in southern Afghanistan

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Britain's military says a U.K. soldier has been shot dead by insurgents in southern Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense says the soldier from 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh was killed by small arms fire Friday during a foot patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.

The soldier's name was not released. Officials say his family has been informed.

The death brings the number of British troops to die in Afghanistan since 2001 to 416.