Blast soldier found hanged

Police are investigating the apparent suicide of a British soldier who survived a roadside bomb blast while driving a tank in Afghanistan. Trooper Robert Griffiths, who was on leave, was found hanged at his parents' house in South Wales on Saturday.

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Soldier's death 'completely out of the blue'

The family of a solider who was found hanged at his home while on leave have spoken of their devastation.

Trooper Robert Griffiths, 24, who had survived a Taliban bomb blast on the frontline in Afghanistan, was found dead at his home in the village of Bishopston, near Swansea on December 29.

His family said Trooper Griffiths had enjoyed Christmas at home with his family before tragedy struck.

Father Paul Griffiths told Wales on Sunday:

He was on top form over Christmas. He was a chap who really came alive when we had lots of people at the house and the rest of the time he was a typical young bloke. His behaviour was pretty much as we expected.

We are not speculating at all as to why it happened. We have not yet had an opportunity to discuss matters with his actual brigade. It was completely out of the blue.

Tragic soldier described surviving IED blast as a 'buzz'

Trooper Robert Griffiths's encounter with a potentially fatal IED was highlighted at the time in a Ministry of Defence online news release.

In it, the soldier described surviving the blast as a "buzz".

He also praised the role his 35 ton Scimitar Mk2 light tank, which had undergone a heavy armour upgrade, had played during the attack amid a routine patrol in Nahr-e Saraj.

It followed a period in Afghanistan when British patrol vehicles were perceived as under-protected and putting soldiers' lives at risk.

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Soldier who survived Afghan blast found hanged

The 24-year-old soldier had just completed a tour of Afghanistan.

Police are investigating the apparent suicide of a British soldier who had survived a massive roadside bomb blast while driving a light tank in Afghanistan.

Trooper Robert Griffiths, who had been on leave over Christmas, was found hanged at his parents' house in the village of Bishopston, south Wales, last Saturday.

The 24-year-old, who served with 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, was one of three soldiers who walked away unhurt from a potentially deadly roadside blast in November 2011.

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