Soldier was having lunch in 'safe area' when hit by bullet

Ranger Michael Maguire was 21 when he died at the Castlemartin range in May 2012. Credit: Wales News Service

Ranger Michael Maguire was on his lunch break in a "safe area" at the range and had taken off his helmet when he was hit in the head by a bullet, an inquest into his death heard.

He had joined the Royal Irish Regiment in 2010, and survived a tour in Afghanistan.

The inquest in Cardiff heard shooting targets had been set up wrongly and were in "dangerous positions."

It was told the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.

The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing.

Investigations by the military and the Health and Safety Executive are underway.

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Soldier 'unlawfully killed'

An inquest into the death of Ranger Michael Maguire at a training range in Pembrokeshire has recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.