Essex: Soldier could have been killed by ‘friendly fire’

THE Colchester-based soldier who died yesterday in Afghanistan may have been the victim of a ‘friendly fire’ incident, says the Ministry of Defence.

The soldier, from the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, died in the Nad-e Ali District of Helmand province.

MoD officials confirmed this afternoon that a full investigation is underway into the incident.

A spokesman said: “Further to the announcement of the death of a soldier from 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment in Nad e-Ali yesterday, initial reports suggest that the death was caused as a result of a ‘friendly fire’ incident.

“The incident will be the subject of a full investigation however first reports indicate that an attack on an insurgent position by a US aircraft, requested by and agreed with British Forces on the ground, may have been the cause.

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“The investigation is ongoing and as such it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

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