29/06/2006

NI soldier killed in Afghanistan

A British soldier, who was killed during an explosion in Afghanistan earlier in the week, was from Northern Ireland.

Captain David Patton of the Special Boat Service, who came from Coleraine in County Londonderry, was one of two soldiers who died in a Taleban rocket attack on an army vehicle, in the Helmand Province.

Commenting on the death UUP East Londonderry MLA David McClarty said:“It is with deep regret that I learned today of the death of Captain Patton.

“As we prepare to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, the tragic and untimely death of Captain Patton serves as a poignant reminder to us all that almost a century later, Ulstermen are still paying the supreme sacrifice in the defence of our freedoms.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Patton family circle at this time.”

(EF/SP)

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