Inquest into death of soldier killed in Afghanistan

An inquest will be held today into the death of a British soldier who was killed in a suspected friendly fire incident in southern Afghanistan three years ago.

Sapper Mark Antony Smith, 26, from Swanley, Kent, is thought to have died in an explosion after a shell missed its intended target on July 26 2010.

The coffin of Sapper Mark Smith is carried during his funeral in 2010

The serviceman, from 36 Engineer Regiment, was serving with the Counter Improvised Explosive Device taskforce when he was caught in the blast in the Sangin area of Hel

Known to his friends as "Smit" and to his Army colleagues as "Smudge", Sapper Smith was hailed as a soldier who made an "immediate and lasting impression".

The inquest is expected to last five days.