A British soldier has died after a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today. The serviceman, a member of 216 Parachute Signal Squadron, Royal Corps of Signals, died from injuries sustained yesterday. Lieutenant Colonel David Eastman, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "The soldier was patrolling in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand, bringing security and stability to an area previously dominated by insurgent intimidation, when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. "His loss is a bitter blow, especially during this season of peace and goodwill. He died making a better, safer life for others; his sacrifice will not be forgotten."