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Dead British soldier was injured in earlier bomb blast

Capt Daniel Read
Capt Daniel Read had returned to front-line duties after being injured

A British soldier was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan three months after being injured in another blast, the Ministry of Defence has said.

Captain Daniel Read, from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, died in the Musa Qala area of northern Helmand on Monday.

Bomb disposal operator Capt Read, 31, from Cornwall, had returned to the front line last month.

A total of 247 British personnel have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001.

'Deep-seated courage'

Capt Read, who was born and raised in Kent, was an experienced bomb disposal operator, based in Didcot, Oxfordshire, who had dealt with 32 improvised explosive devices (IED) in Afghanistan.

Lt Col Gareth Bex, commanding officer of 11 EOD Regiment, said: "Dan Read was filled with a zest for life, and I found him instantly likeable when I first met him in November 2008.

The courage and selflessness of this work is truly breathtaking
Gordon Brown

"He epitomised the values of selfless commitment, loyalty and deep-seated courage.

"Such was his professionalism and determination that even an injury sustained in a bomb blast in October 2009 could not keep him away for more than two months and he returned to theatre in December 2009, as soon as his injuries were healed.

"Despite the inherent dangers, Dan was determined to return to Afghanistan. He had a job to finish and a team to rejoin."

'Sense of duty'

Capt Read's wife, Lorraine, said: "Dan was so brave, he was my hero and best friend, he was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle and friend.

"He will never be forgotten and always in my heart. I'm so proud and privileged to have been your wife."

Capt Read was one of six Nato soldiers killed in several incidents on Monday, the deadliest day for foreign forces in two months.

Nato said the dead included three Americans killed in southern Afghanistan and one French soldier north-east of Kabul.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in a statement in the Commons that Capt Read had died undertaking the dangerous work of protecting his fellow soldiers and civilians from explosive devices.

Mr Brown said: "The courage and selflessness of this work is truly breathtaking.

"His sacrifice will not be forgotten, and we send our sincere condolences to his family and friends."

Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth said: "Hearing about Capt Read, I am filled with admiration for his sense of duty and courage."

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