Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Bomb blast officer inquest to begin

An inquest will begin into the death of Captain Martin Driver who was caught in a bomb blast in Afghanistan

An inquest is to begin into the death of an Army officer who was caught in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

Captain Martin Driver, of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, died of his wounds at Birmingham's Selly Oak Hospital on March 15 last year.

The 31-year-old, originally from Barnsley, had been airlifted back to Britain after being injured in an explosion in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province on February 21 2010.

In a statement issued shortly after the officer's death, his family described him as a caring man whose professionalism had inspired those around him.

The family's statement read: "We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved Martin.

"We are so grateful for the efforts of the medical teams in Afghanistan who brought Martin home.

"We would also like to thank the staff of Selly Oak Hospital Critical Care Unit, the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, and all of the surgical teams who worked so valiantly for Martin during the last three weeks."

The inquest, being held at Birmingham Coroner's Court, is expected to conclude on Friday.

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