A British airman from the Royal Air Force Regiment was shot dead on Monday 13th February 2012 when insurgents attacked his patrol in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province, Britain's Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday. It is the fourth British fatality in Afghanistan so far this year.
"It is my sad duty to report that an airman was fatally wounded during an insurgent attack in the Western Dashte area of Nad-e Ali whilst on a patrol to interact with the local population," said Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie, a spokesman for British Forces in Helmand.
Lt. Col. Mackenzie did not say whether any other service members were injured in the attack, but said the victim's family has been informed. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time," he added.
The airman has been named as SAC Ryan Tomlin.