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Officer killed by Taliban bomb

A young British officer has been killed by a Taliban bomb just yards outside the gate of his base in Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Daniel Clack, 24, of 1st Battalion The Rifles, was leading a 10-man patrol to meet locals in a nearby village in Helmand Province when he was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED).

Five of his comrades were also injured in the blast, which took place 150 metres from the front gate of their checkpoint.

Lt Clack, from north London, leaves behind his mother Sue, father Martin, brother James and fiancee Amy Tinley.

His family said in a statement: "Dan was a brave rifleman and he died doing the only profession he ever considered. He loved leading his riflemen and was so proud to be an officer in the British Army.

"There are no words to describe our loss. He will be forever missed by his mother, father, brother, fiancee and all those who knew him. He will always be in our hearts."

Lt Clack studied at Exeter University and worked as a driver for a ski chalet company in Switzerland before joining the Army in 2009.

He was a keen sportsman, and represented both the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and his battalion at rugby.

The soldier deployed to Afghanistan in April as a platoon commander in charge of Check Point Shaparack in the district of Nahr-e-Saraj in Helmand.

He was leading a patrol to the neighbouring village of Dactran to discuss a "shura", or meeting of elders, planned for the next day, when he was killed on Friday.


From Belfast Telegraph