09/09/2013

Bloody Sunday Colonel Shot Dead

A former British Army colonel, who was in charge of the Parachute Regiment on Bloody Sunday, has been killed in Kenya.

It is understood Edward Loden was shot dead during a robbery on Saturday in Langata, a suburb of Nairobi. It is thought he was visiting his son on holiday.

In 1972, Mr Loden had been a major in command of paratroopers in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday.

A statement released by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said Mr Loden was born in 1940, and was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment in 1959. It added that he served on a number of operations around the world, and was awarded the MC for service in Aden in 1967. He retired from the Army in 1992.

It continued: "Edward, married to Jill, father of Jamie and Will, was a devoted family man and proud grandfather of Oliver, Amelia, Joshua, Harry and Emily.

"Jill and her sons would like to say thank you to all the overwhelming messages of love and support from wider friends and family, and request that the family be given time to come to terms with this brutal tragedy."

(JP/MH)

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