Reports on social media sites suggest a Corby soldier in his 20s has been killed in action in Afghanistan.
It comes after the Ministry of Defence confirmed a British soldier from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards has died in a grenade blast in Afghanistan.
The soldier, who has not yet been named, was on a patrol to disrupt insurgent activity in the north of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand Province when he was caught in the blast from an enemy grenade yesterday.
He died despite receiving immediate medical treatment, a spokesman said. His family have been informed.
The spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Ian Lawrence, said: “Sadly I must inform you that a soldier from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards has been killed whilst on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.
“The thoughts of all within Task Force Helmand are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
The soldier becomes the 418th member of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001.