A soldier from 32 Engineer Regiment has become the first to die in Afghanistan in 2014.

The sapper was the result of non-battle related injuries sustained in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

His commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Steve Davies said the corps had 'lost a rising star' and a respected comrade, and friend. "At this most difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones," he added.

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The incident did not involve enemy action and the serviceman's next of kin have been informed.

A total of 448 British forces personnel or Ministry of Defence civilians have died while serving in Afghanistan since the start of operations in October 2001.

Of these, a total of 404 were killed as a result of hostile action.