The British military says one of its soldiers has died fighting insurgents in Afghanistan.

The military says the British Royal Marine was killed Wednesday in the Nad-e-Ali district near Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.

About 70,000 international forces are in Afghanistan fighting a Taliban insurgency that has raged since the United States pushed the group from power in 2001.

On Wednesday, Afghan and international troops said they had captured a senior insurgent commander in a raid on a suspected insurgent cell in Baghlan province.

A joint statement from the Afghan and U.S. militaries said insurgent Mullah Dahoud is suspected of involvement in a deadly October attack in Baghlan and the 2007 bombing of a sugar factory, which killed more than 50 people.

 Some information for this report was provided by AFP, Reuters.