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Families of fallen soldiers attend inquest

The families of six soldiers killed by a massive Taliban bomb while serving with the Yorkshire regiment have been told harrowing details of their loved ones' final moments today.

It was the biggest single loss of life in Afghanistan since 2001 when their armoured vehicle was blown apart and engulfed by flames when it ran over an improvised explosive device.

And at the inquest today, it's emerged that the youngest of those to die, aged just 19, was a last minute stand in who'd volunteered to join the patrol because his colleague was having a shower. Jon Hill reports from Oxford coroners court.

IED blast 'sent fireball 100 feet into the air'

Today the inquest into the deaths of six soldiers with the Yorkshire Regiment, heard from a soldier who was travelling in an accompanying armoured vehicle.

In a written statement, Private Luke Stones explains that Private Christopher Kershaw from Bradford was a last-minute stand-in on the mission.

"Private Butler would have been the driver...but he was just returning from the shower and as a result, Private Kershaw offered to take his place."

– Private Luke Stones

The hearing has been told the troops, including Private Kershaw, died from blast injuries when their fighting vehicle was blown apart by an IED.

Private Stones said when the vehicle exploded, he saw a fireball sending flames 100ft high.


Fallen soldier was 'last-minute stand-in'

One of six soldiers killed when a Warrior armoured vehicle was blown up on patrol in Afghanistan was a last-minute stand-in for one of his colleagues who had just come out of the shower, an inquest has heard.

Private Christopher Kershaw, 19, from Bradford was the youngest of the six soldiers killed by a massive blast from an improvised explosive device in March 2012.

Post mortem examination on "machete attack" victim

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out this afternoon on the body of a man found dead in a shop in Eastwood, Rotherham.

The 40-year-old, named locally as Parvaiz Iqbal died yesterday following the attack on Grosvenor Road shortly after 2pm yesterday.

A 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody where he is being questioned by detectives.

Warrior vehicle "burst into flames"

The inquest into the death of six soldiers killed in an explosion in Afghanistan has heard the armoured vehicle they were travelling in, burst into flames after it was struck by an improvised explosive device.

The Warrior infantry fighting vehicle was on patrol in Lashkar Gar, at 6.40pm on March 6, 2012 when it struck an IED.

The blast under the right side of the vehicle tipped it onto its left hand side. The vehicle's turret burst into flames detonating ammunition. Debris from the explosion was scattered up to 400 metres away.


Coroner inspects warrior vehicle in which soldiers were travelling

The coroner Darren Salter began the inquest by offering his condolences to the families of the soldiers who were killed.

He said that the proceedings could not change the families' loss, but it could answer their questions and bring some measure of closure.

He revealed that he had inspected the Warrior vehicle in which the soldiers died, at an army barracks yesterday.

Families arrive for soldiers' inquest

The families of six soldiers killed in an explosion in Afghanistan have arrived at the inquest into their deaths.

Five soldiers from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and another who was seconded to the regiment died when their Warrior infantry fighting vehicle was destroyed by an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province in March 2012.

The families of Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley, Private Anthony Frampton, Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade and Private Daniel Wilford, are in Oxford for the hearing which is expected to last two days.

Inquest into Yorkshire soldiers' deaths

Five of the six soldiers were from Yorkshire Credit: Calendar news

An inquest is being held today into the deaths of six soldiers, five from the Yorkshire Regiment, killed in Helmand Province in March last year. It was the worst single attack on British Forces in Afghanistan.

The soldiers were in an armoured Warrior vehicle hit by a bomb - the youngest was just 19. The inquest, in Oxford, is due to last two days.

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