A ROYAL Marine serving with the Norton Manor-based 40 Commando unit has been killed while on patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

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A statement released on Wednesday evening (October 24) said the serviceman had died alongside a soldier from 3 Medical Regiment while on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Laurence Roche, said: "I am extremely sorry to announce the deaths of a Royal Marine from 40 Commando and a soldier from 3 Medical Regiment serving with Task Force Helmand.

“This is dreadful news for all of us serving in Afghanistan. Our sincere condolences go to their families, friends and colleagues at this time of grief.”

The next of kin of the servicemen, who have not yet been named, have been informed of their deaths.