25/11/2008

Royal Marine Killed In Helmand

A 25-year-old Royal Marine has been killed while on routine patrol in a southern district of Afghanistan.

Alex Lucas, from Peebles, in Scotland, died from his injuries following an explosion close to the treacherous Helmand province yesterday. The father of the former Peebles Rovers footballer said the news was 'heartbreaking'.

Adrian Lucas added: "It is dreadful. You just can't imagine what it is like to have these people arrive on your doorstep to tell you."

Alex, who served with 45 Commando, is the 126th British service personnel to die in Afghanistan since the start of the US-led operation in October 2001.
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His unit are based at Arbroath and were posted to Afghanistan in October.

An Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "It is with great sadness that the MoD must confirm that a Royal Marine from 45 Commando was killed as a result of an explosion in the Kajaki area of Helmand province.

"He was taking part in a patrol at the time.

"He received medical treatment at the scene. However, he unfortunately died of his wounds while being taken to the military hospital at Camp Bastion."

Commander Paula Rowe said: "The tragic death of this Royal Marine has left everyone in Task Force Helmand immensely saddened.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this dreadful time."

(PR/JM)

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