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Death of British soldier in Afghanistan 'a tragic loss'

Commenting on the death of a British soldier in Afghanistan, the Commanding Officer of 32 Engineer Regiment Group, Lieutenant Colonel Steve Davies, said:

"The tragic death of this committed and professional sapper has hit the Task Force Helmand Engineer Group hard; the Corps has lost a rising star, and his Squadron has lost a respected comrade and friend.

"At this most difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”

The serviceman's next of kin have been informed.


Sapper Richard Walker was 23 when shot

Sapper Richard Wilson Credit: MoD

An inquest into the death of a soldier from Washington is due to take place today, November 12. Sapper Richard Walker was 23 when he was killed in Afghanistan in January 2013.

The soldier died during his first deployment in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand.

The 28 Royal Engineer died and six others were injured when a rogue Afghan soldier opened fire.

Bomb exhibition opens

Forty one soldiers from our region have died in Afghanistan since troops were deployed there in 2001. Many were killed by improvised explosive devices.

An exhibition has opened at the National Army Museum in London to show how dangerous the bombs can be. David Wood has been speaking to the soldiers whose memories helped create the exhibition.

Soldier sure father "will show me all the ropes" in Afghanistan

Senior Aircraftman Ben Townsend is a communications technician. Along with his colleagues in 2 Squadron, 90 Signals Unit, they're in training for their tour in Afghanistan.

Ben will have extra advice at hand because his dad, Mark, is a Warrant Officer within the same Signals Unit and is already out in Afghanistan. Their paths will cross for a few days before his Dad heads home.

Ben's Squadron leaves next month and after his tour of duty, the Townsends will be reunited before Christmas.

Senior Aircraftman Ben Townsend is heading out to Afghanistan Credit: ITV News

"There is always a potential threat that something might happen, so if anything was to happen to us, then we always have to know that everyone is trained and your colleagues are at your back.

"It will be good. I am sure he will show me all the ropes when I am out there anyway but it will be nice to see him and catch up. Obviously we have only been in contact on the phone every now and then."


Full Report: Soldiers back from Afghanistan

More than 100 soldiers have returned safely to their base in North Yorkshire following a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The soldiers from 4th Regiment Royal Artillery were met by their families at Alanbrooke Barracks, near Thirsk, last night.

The 'North East Gunners' had been helping to train Afghan special forces as the withdrawal of British troops continues.

You can watch the full report from Jonny Blair below.

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