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Bodies of UK soldiers flown home

Sergeant Stuart Millar and Private Kevin Elliott
Sgt Miller (left) and Pte Elliott were on foot patrol when they were attacked

The bodies of two British soldiers killed in an explosion in Afghanistan are to be flown back to the UK.

Sgt Stuart Millar, 40, from Inverness, and Pte Kevin Elliott, 24, from Dundee, died in a blast in Helmand province during an attack on 31 August.

Both of the men served with the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The two bodies are due to arrive at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire at 1100 BST for a formal repatriation ceremony.

Members of the dead soldiers' unit will carry their coffins from RAF Hercules in a private ceremony.

Their deaths brought the number of UK personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to 210, although two more British soldiers have since died.

The MoD said the deaths, thought to have been caused by a rocket-propelled grenade, happened when the men were attacked in the Babaji district of Helmand.

Sgt Millar joined the Army in November 2000, after service in the Territorial Army.

Paying tribute, Sgt Millar's family said: "[Stuart] was very brave and is a credit to both our family and the Army. We are really proud of him as a father, son, brother and soldier."

Pte Elliott joined the Army in 2002. His family said: "Kevin was a loving son, brother, grandson, brother, nephew, uncle and cousin who will be sorely missed by the whole family."



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