4 Sep 2006

A Fijian soldier with British army in Afghanistan is reported to have been killed

10:29 am on 4 September 2006

A Fijian soldier serving with the British army in Afghanistan is reported to have been killed in clashes with Taliban insurgents.

British newspaper reports say 27-year old Ranger, Anare Draiva ,of the 1st Royal Irish Regiment died in combat in Northern Helmand on Friday.

Ranger Draiva enlisted in the British Army nearly three years ago and was previously based in Germany.

His body will be brought back to Fiji for burial.

About 3,000 Fiji nationals serve in the British military, mostly in the army, where they comprise the largest segment of troops from Commonwealth countries.