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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 October 2007, 08:10 GMT 09:10 UK
Bomb expert in Iraq writes book
Chris Hunter
Chris Hunter said his job required "total focus"
A former soldier who was a bomb disposal officer serving in Iraq has published a book about his experiences.

Chris Hunter, who lives near Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, left the Army in March and now deals with simulated devices to train others.

Mr Hunter, whose book is called Eight Lives Down, was a bomb disposal officer for 10 years.

He said he was proud of his colleagues and admitted his job had put pressure on his family.

Mr Hunter said: "To have to leave your family to go and do that sort of thing at a moment's notice places tremendous pressure on your wife and your children.

"There were definitely times when I thought, 'What am I doing? It's not fair on them'."

He added that his job required "complete tunnel vision and total focus".

The former soldier said: "You absolutely clear your mind of everything apart from that bomb when you make that approach, that long walk up to the bomb."

He said his thoughts are still with his colleagues and the Iraqi people he left behind.

"Do I think they should be there? It's a difficult one. It's very complex. Am I proud of them? Absolutely."

Chris Hunter was a bomb disposal officer in Iraq



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