A British soldier was killed during an incident in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said last night.
The soldier, who has not been named, died and three others suffered minor injuries during what the MoD described as "a contact" in the northern Helmand region.
An MoD spokesman said: "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence can confirm the death of a British soldier during a contact in northern Helmand province.
"The soldier died as a result of injuries sustained during the contact. Three other British soldiers received minor injuries."
No further details about the soldier or the incident were released. Relatives are being informed.
The death brings to 20 the number of British forces personnel who have died in Afghanistan since the start of operations in November 2001.
The Ministry of Defence classifies 13 as killed in action, including as a result of hostile action, while seven are known to have died either as a result of illness, non-combat injuries or accidents.
Eight days ago Lance Corporal Sean Tansey, 26, of the Household Cavalry, was killed.
LCpl Tansey, was servicing a tank at a UK base near Sangin, in northern Helmand, when the accident happened.
He was the third British soldier to be killed in the country within a week.