27/08/2009

MoD Confirms Latest Afghan Fatality

A solider injured on patrol in Afghanistan - who later died in hospital from his wounds - has been named by the Ministry of Defence.

Fusilier Shaun Bush, of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was wounded in an explosion ten days ago. The 24-year-old was struck while attempting to save a colleague who had been injured in the attack.

Fusilier Bush was later transferred to Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham for medical treatment but died from his injuries on Tuesday.

Today, the young man's father Carl Bush paid tribute to the kind and generous solider.
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Mr Bush said his son had died "doing the job he loved".

"Shaun wanted to serve with the Army from a very young age. He was a tremendous athlete who excelled at both football and boxing.

"He was a kind and generous man who was very family orientated and he would not hesitate to help others in need.

"He was extremely proud of his sister Hannah and brother Lewis. He will be sorely missed by both his friends and family."

So far this year 70 British lives have been lost in the Afghan conflict, more than a third of the total 200 plus deaths since the American led invasion began in 2001.

(PR/BMcc)

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