The families of six soldiers unlawfully killed in Afghanistan have paid tribute to the men after a coronor ruled today they were unlawfully killed, when a device expoded under their armoured vehicle, in March last year. It was the biggest single loss of life for British forces in Afghanistan this decade.
The inquest heard the blast was so big, there was nothing their comrades could have done to save them.
ITV News reporter Dan Rivers sent this report from Oxford:
Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, and Privates Anthony Frampton, 20, Christopher Kershaw, 19, Daniel Wade, 20, and Daniel Wilford, 21, were all killed in Helmand on a delayed patrol in March last year.
Witnesses dubbed the explosion a "fireball" and said they cold hear ammunition ignite and bullets ricocheting around the tank.The Warrior, known by the callsign K12, was patrolling with another vehicle when it was hit by improvised explosive device about 25 miles north of the capital of Helmand, Lashkar Gah.