Simon Chase death: Hero died defending others in Afghan restaurant
A man from Northern Ireland, who was killed in a Taliban suicide bomb and gun attack, has been hailed as a hero by the Afghan government after it emerged that he had shot dead one of the terrorists.
Father-of-two Simon Chase, from Limavady, was killed after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the fortified Taverna du Libyan restaurant in Kabul.
Taliban gunmen then stormed inside and opened fire on diners.
An investigation by the Afghan authorities has revealed that Mr Chase grabbed his gun and returned fire at the attackers in a desperate bid to save lives.
According to General Ayoub Salangi, the deputy interior minister who is leading the probe, Mr Chase killed the first gunman before being shot dead by the second.
A total of 21 people died in the attack – 13 foreigners and eight Afghans.
"He was a real hero," Mr Salangi told the Sunday Times.
"He had clearly risked his life to try to save the lives of others."
Mr Salangi said he was surprised to find a terrorist had been shot dead when he arrived at the scene of carnage.
"When we examined the bullet it was from the pistol of the British man," he said, and vowed to hunt those behind the slaughter down.
Mr Chase had been a bodyguard for a Danish policewoman training Afghan police. They had been dining at the restaurant when the attack happened.
Mr Chase, originally from Chester, had been living in Co Londonderry with his partner and two sons. It is understood he had been serving with the EU police mission, Eupol, when he was killed.
The former soldier will be buried tomorrow in Limavady, where he lived with his partner Norma McDowell and his two sons.