A British soldier has been killed in what is believed to be an insider attack by a member of the Afghan National Army.

The solider, who was from 28 Engineer Regiment, was shot dead in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province. The gunman turned his weapon and fired on other troops before being killed. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Brigadier General Gunter Katz, spokesperson for the International Secuirty Assistance Force, told the press about the incident.

"What I can tell you is that actually yesterday already a suspected member of the Afghan national army shot a British ISAF(International Security Assistance Force) soldier in Nahri Sarraj district inHelmand province."

"The shooter who actually turned his weapon against members of the Afghan national army and ISAF was shot during the incident that took place at the patrol base hazrat in the province as I mentioned (Helmand)."

A number of soldiers have been killed by uniformed Afghan personnel in recent months, in what the military labels Green on blue attacks. Last year, 61 people were killed in 54 of these incidents.

Written and presented by Alfred Joyner