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Northern Ireland soldier in ‘friendly fire’ shooting

By Lesley-Anne Henry

A soldier from Northern Ireland is believed to have been shot in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan.

It is understood the soldier, thought to be in his early 20s and from Newtownabbey, was wounded in the stomach when a weapon was accidentally discharged.

The shooting, which was said to have happened in the middle of last week, comes less than a fortnight after Royal Irish Regiment Ranger David Dalzell (20) from Bangor was killed in an “operational accident” while serving in Helmand Province.

So far the Ministry of Defence refuses to be drawn on the circumstances surrounding Ranger Dalzell’s death and a spokeswoman said details of the accident would be heard during an inquest.

After this latest incident the soldier had emergency surgery at Camp Bastion last Wednesday, but has since been flown back to the UK.

Again the MoD has declined to comment on the circumstances.

DUP councillor for Newtownabbey Nigel Hamilton said: “In any theatre of conflict the risk of being caught in friendly fire always exists but in this case I think the Ministry of Defence would be better to clarify the full details in a military report before making any further comment.”

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