A soldier has been shot dead while on patrol in Afghanistan - the second British serviceman killed in two days, the Ministry of Defence said.
The soldier, from A Company, 4th Battalion The Rifles, part of the 3 Rifles Battle Group, died near Sangin, in Helmand Province. His family has been told.
The MoD said he died as a result of "small arms fire".
It was earlier reported that an airman taking part in a vehicle-mounted patrol in the country was killed following an explosion.
The airman, from 2 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment, part of the Kandahar Airfield Defence Force, died as a result of his injuries. His family has also been told.
The blast happened on Wednesday night in an area north of Kandahar Airfield in Kandahar province.
Lieutenant Colonel David Wakefield, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "It is my sad duty to inform you that an airman from 2 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment, part of the Kandahar Airfield Defence Regiment, was killed this evening as a result of an explosion.
"He was on a mobile patrol in an area about four kilometres north of Kandahar Airfield when the explosion happened.
"He died doing his duty and among his fellow airmen. His sacrifice will not be forgotten."