Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

RIR soldier’s body due to arrive home

Ranger Justin Cupples who was killed in Afghanistan

The body of a Royal Irish Regiment soldier killed in Afghanistan was due to arrive back to a military base in the UK today.

Ranger Justin Cupples (29), from Co Cavan, died after an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on patrol in Helmand Province last Thursday.

This morning his remains were to be flown into RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire where a repatriation ceremony was planned.

It is thought relatives of the fallen soldier, including his Lithuanian wife Vilma and parents who still live in Co Cavan, will attend the ceremony.

Ranger Cupples was killed after trapping his foot in a tripwire attached to an improvised explosive device in Sangin, a Taliban stronghold where Royal Irish soldiers frequently come under attack.

Despite desperate efforts by his comrades, the soldier died at the scene.

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