A soldier from Northern Ireland has been killed while on patrol in Afghanistan.
Belfast man Sean Binnie, a soldier from the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, was patrolling with an Afghan National Army unit in Helmand Province when he was shot dead yesterday.
The 22-year-old, from the Ravenhill Road area of east Belfast, had just recently married his wife Amanda who is said to be “devastated” by his death.
He was killed during a reassurance patrol with the Afghan National Army in the vicinity of Woqab, close to Musa Qal’eh.
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Richardson, said: “This is another tragic situation where we all feel this great loss.
“Words mean very little in this extremely sad situation but our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this brave soldier.
“Their pain is our pain and as the years go by we will mourn the loss of this true British hero.”
Tributes have been flooding in for Mr Binnie on social networking sites.
In a poignant message on her Bebo site, Mr Binnie’s heartbroken wife Amanda (21) described him as “the love of her life”.
“I’m so proud of him, he is so brave. I’ll never forget him ... he will be with me forever in my life.”