Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan named

A Royal Marine who died after being injured in Afghanistan has been named by the MoD.

Afghan death not 'friendly fire'

An initial review into the death of a Royal Marine in Afghanistan has revealed the killings was not caused by "friendly fire", the Ministry of Defence has said.

27-year-old Corporal David O'Connor, from Havant in Hampshire, was fatally injured while on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Wednesday.

Corporal Channing Day, 25, who served with the 3 Medical Regiment, was also killed.

An Afghan man, who is believed to have been a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police but who was not wearing uniform at the time, also died during the incident, an MOD spokesperson confirmed.

Tributes to fallen Marine

Corporal David O'Connor was fatally injured in Helmand Province Credit: MoD

A Royal Marine who was killed in Afghanistan has been described by his commanding officer as "one of the best."

Corporal David O'Connor, of 40 Commando, after being injured on patrol with C Company in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Wednesday.

Cpl O'Connor, who lived in Havant, Hampshire, was deployed to Afghanistan at the end of September.

A statement released by his family said: "David's family and friends are greatly saddened by his loss and hope to be left to grieve privately."

Lieutenant Colonel Matt Jackson, Royal Marines, Commanding Officer, 40 Commando Royal Marines said Cpl O'Connor "was loved and respected by those around him and was relentless in the pursuit of excellence in his duties."

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