R.M Killed Christmas Eve

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A Royal Marine was killed in southern Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, the Ministry of Defence said.

The serviceman, from 42 Commando, died from enemy fire while on a mission in the Nad-e-Ali district near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.

He is the 136th British serviceman to die in Afghanistan since the start of operations in October 2001, and the eleventh Royal Marine to have died in the past two months.

His next of kin have been informed, and Task Force Helmand spokeswoman Commander Paula Rowe said: "The death of this Royal Marine is a tragic loss and coming so close to Christmas, this is particularly poignant.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this dreadfully sad time."

Royal Navy Captain Mark Windsor, spokesman for the Nato forces in Afghanistan, said: "We are saddened by this brave serviceman's death and our deepest condolences go to his family and loved ones, especially during this holiday season.

"This dedicated professional risked his life to help bring security and stability to the people of Afghanistan. ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) will continue to fight for the cause for which this brave serviceman gave his life."

The Royal Marine's death came on the same day as the funeral for Damian Davies, one of the three Royal Marines killed in a suspected suicide blast in Afghanistan on Dec 12.

The three died as a result of an explosion south of Sangin after they were reportedly approached by a 13-year-old boy pushing a wheelbarrow in which a bomb was hidden.
 

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