Para killed in Taliban firefight

THE 10th Colchester-based soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence confirmed tonight.

THE tenth Colchester-based soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence confirmed tonight.

The soldier, from the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, was part of a routine patrol in Helmand Province which encountered Taliban forces this morning.

In the ensuing firefight the 2 Para soldier was shot in the head and killed instantly. Next-of-kin have been informed.

Task Force Helmand spokesman Lieutenant Colonel David Reynolds said: "Until you have experienced the death of a family member it is hard to absorb the pain that this soldier's family, friends and comrades feel.


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“His family are in the thoughts of everyone in Task Force Helmand and hopefully that will bring some comfort to them.”

Ten Colchester-based soldiers - eight of them Paras - have been killed in Afghanistan since the latest six month tour began.

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