Two blast-death servicemen named
Two British servicemen who died after the vehicle they were travelling in was caught in a blast in Afghanistan have been named by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Royal Marine Captain Tom Jennings, who is understood to have been serving with the special forces, and Squadron Leader Anthony Downing of the RAF were south of Kabul when they were fatally injured.
Sqn Ldr Downing was flown home after the explosion last Thursday but died a day later.
The MoD said Captain Jennings, 29, "was a true leader, selfless in his professional approach serving those who were his responsibility".
It added: "Dedicated and humble, he was an archetypal Royal Marine with a keen sense of humour even when faced with adversity. Whilst working with the Afghan forces that he partnered, he displayed empathy and a broad cultural understanding that ensured he was highly valued by the Afghans as well as his Royal Marine brothers.
"He was devoted to his wife and their two young sons whose loss cannot be portrayed in words. The Royal Marines have lost a brother, they have lost their world."
Squadron Leader Downing, 34, died of his wounds last Friday at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. His family was with him when he died.
The MoD said: "His unassuming and modest demeanour belied a hugely professional officer and an extremely determined individual.
"His work in Afghanistan typified this as he had studied hard at the Defence School of Languages, Beaconsfield, coming top of his language course, and travelled to Tajikistan in his own time to further his studies. However, Ant was no bookworm and found the time to train for, and compete in, a series of iron man triathlons and ultra marathons."
It added: "Ant's generous nature and interest in Afghanistan and her people, led to his intimate involvement in the planning and subsequent conduct of outreach patrols... There is some solace for his comrades in knowing that Ant died among his friends doing a job he felt so passionate about."