UK defense ministry: soldier killed in Afghanistan

Britain's Ministry of Defence says a British soldier has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan.

The ministry said in a statement Sunday that the soldier was from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh.

Task Force Helmand spokesman Major Ian Lawrence said the soldier was killed Saturday when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand province.

The death brings to 415 the number of British forces who have been killed while serving in Afghanistan since operations began in 2001.

The soldier's family has been informed.