Killed solider named by MoD

The Ministry of Defence has named the soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Monday as Sapper Richard Reginald Walker from 28 Engineer Regiment.

Sapper Richard Walker's body repatriated

A private ceremony for Sapper Richard Walker's family was held on the RAF Brize Norton air base. Credit: MoD

The body of a British soldier shot dead by a member of the Afghan National Army was repatriated to the UK today.

Sapper Richard Walker - a member of 28 Engineer Regiment attached to 21 Engineer Regiment - was killed in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on January 7.

His coffin, draped in the Union flag draped, was flown into RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

MoD tribute to soldier, footballer and proud father

The Ministry of Defence statement describes Sapper Richard Walker as successful soldier, keen footballer and proud father:

He was a popular and well-respected member of his Troop and upon joining the Squadron he quickly gained friends across the spectrum of ranks; a testament to his likeable character and willingness to join in.

An avid football fan, Sapper Walker represented his Regiment at football and spent endless hours in the gym. He even managed to spend some time trying to learn to play the guitar albeit one chord at a time.

Above all he was a devoted father and would talk for hours on end about his love for his daughter Lilly-Faith who sadly he only knew for 18 months before his deployment.

– ministry of defence statement

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Richard Walker 'made the most of every opportunity'

Lieutenant Colonel Chas Story RE, Sapper Richard Walker's Commanding Officer, paid the following tribute to him:

Sapper Walker was the epitome of a true Sapper, one who would roll up his sleeves and get on with the task in hand no matter what, but importantly he would do it with great humour.

He made sure that he made the most of every opportunity, both in the Army and at home; it is without doubt that he had a lot to offer and a bright future.

He was hugely respected as a fit, professional soldier with a massive character.

This was his first tour of Afghanistan but anyone would have thought he was a seasoned expert, such was his ability and professionalism.

– Lieutenant Colonel Chas Story RE, Commanding Officer, 28 Engineer Regiment

Life and career of Sapper Richard Walker

  • Born on 7 February 1989 in Leeds
  • Worked as a technician for Vauxhall before joining the Army in July 2008
  • Completed his Phase Two Combat Engineer Training at Gibraltar Barracks, Minley
  • Joined 28 Engineer Regiment in September 2009
  • Joined the Regiment on major exercises in Canada and Kenya
  • Deployed to Afghanistan in September 2012 as part of Task Force Helmand Engineer Group
  • Father to one daughter, Lilly-Faith, who he only knew for 18 months before deployment

British soldier killed by Afghan Forces

A British soldier from 28 Engineer Regiment, attached to 21 Engineer Regiment, was killed by a suspected member of the Afghan National Army yesterday in Afghanistan.

All six British deaths, since the current tour of 28 Engineer Regiment duty began in October, have resulted from attacks by local forces.

ITV News' International Editor Bill Neely reports:

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Afghan Army Major General 'heartbroken' by deadly attack

Afghan National Army Major General, Sayeed Malook, 215th Corps commander, has said he is "deeply upset" by death of a British serviceman in a so-called 'inside attack' yesterday.

"Regrettably despite all our efforts to prevent incidents such as these last night we missed one of these again.

"I'm deeply upset and heartbroken at this. We will focus all our efforts towards preventing these incidents.

Afghan National Army Major General Sayeed Malook, said efforts will be focused to preventing future attacks

"I would like to express my condolences to the families and relatives, and I would also like to wish good health to those who have be wounded in this incident", he added.

Taliban claims responsibility for Afghanistan attack

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack which killed a British soldier in Afghanistan.

Spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said in an email that "an infiltrator" staged the attack and managed to escape from the scene but was then shot and killed after opening fire on a checkpoint.

The Taliban have used the term in the past to refer to members who have enlisted in the military to conduct such an attack.

Nato spokesman on death of British soldier in Afghanistan

Nato command spokesman Brigadier General Gunter Katz has spoken about the 'insider attack' in Helmand province at a news conference in Kabul:

"Yesterday, a suspected member of the Afghan National Army shot and killed a British soldier."

"He turned his weapon against members of the Afghan National Army and ISAF, and was shot during the incident that took place at the patrol base Hazrat in the province".

Nato command spokesman Brigadier General Gunter Katz
Brigadier General Gunter Katz addresses a news conference in Kabul Credit: Reuters

He also confirmed that the incident is under investigation.

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