A SOLDIER from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh has been killed in Afghanistan.
The soldier, whose named has not yet been released by the Ministry of Defence, was killed as a result of a gunshot wound sustained during an exchange of fire with insurgents that happened near Showal, in the Nad-e-Ali District of Helmand Province, yesterday afternoon (April 7).
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel David Wakefield, said: “It is my sad duty to have to inform you that a soldier from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh was killed this afternoon in an area to the south east of Showal in Nad-e Ali District, central Helmand.
“He was on a foot patrol which came under attack from insurgents and in the ensuing fire-fight he was shot and killed.
“He died doing his duty and he will be deeply missed by us, his comrades, but his indomitable courage in the face of the enemy will be remembered.”
The 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh are based at the Dale Barracks in Chester.
Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.