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14 February 2012, 08:52 | Updated: 14 February 2012, 09:23
The Ministry of Defence has announced that a Suffolk airman has died in Afghanistan.
The airman from the Royal Air Force Regiment, which has its headquarters at RAF Honington, was killed by small arms fire whilst on partnered patrol in the Nad’Ali district of Helmand province.
Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie, a spokesman for British forces in Helmand, said:
"It is my sad duty to report that an airman from the Royal Air Force Regiment was fatally wounded during an insurgent attack in the western dashte area of Nad 'Ali, Helmand province, whilst on a patrol to interact with the local population.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time."
The airman’s family have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.