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Kabul accident victim identified
Leigh Reeves
Leigh Reeves was killed in an accident at Camp Souter
A soldier killed in a road accident in Afghanistan was from Leicester, the Ministry of Defence has said.

Private Leigh Reeves, 25, was serving with the Royal Logistic Corps.

Private Reeves died in an accident at Camp Souter, in Kabul, on Wednesday afternoon. No-one else was injured. An investigation is under way.

Soldiers at the base, which is the home to British forces in Afghanistan, have created a memorial to their colleague with flowers and a photograph.

Private Reeves' commanding officer paid tribute to the driver, who had been in Afghanistan since March of this year as part of the British Forces Transport Troop.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Winstanley described him as "one of those larger than life characters" that every unit needed.

Leigh was an extremely popular member of the troop and was immensely liked by all that knew him
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Winstanley

"This tragic accident has deprived the battalion of a high calibre soldier who will be sorely missed," he said.

"Leigh was an extremely popular member of the troop and was immensely liked by all that knew him."

The death brings to 18 the number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan - with five dead this month.

Six died because of illness, accident or injuries not caused by combat.

Earlier this week Private Andrew Barrie Cutts, of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, died after taking part in the biggest offensive operation yet mounted by UK forces against the Taleban.

The 19-year-old, from Blidworth, near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, died after elements of the 3 Para Battle Group, which carried out the offensive, came under fire from Taleban forces.

His twin brother James, who is also serving in the Army, has returned to be with his family, the MoD confirmed.


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