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Funerals held for two UK soldiers
Pte Andrew Cutts' twin brother James, mother Jeannie and father Karl at the funeral (Press Association)
Andrew Cutts was killed during an operation aganist the Taleban
The funerals of two East Midlands soldiers killed in Afghanistan took place on Friday.

Pte Andrew Cutts from Nottinghamshire was killed when his unit, 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, came under fire in Northern Helmand on 6 August.

Three days later, in an unrelated road accident in Kabul, Pte Leigh Reeves, 25, from Leicestershire died while serving with the Royal Logistics Corps.

Since 2001, 19 UK soldiers have died while on operations in Afghanistan.

'Larger than life'

Pte Cutts was taking part in Operation Snakebite - which aims to disrupt Taleban operations - when his regiment came under fire and he was killed.

Nathan Welch, a school friend of Pte Cutts, told the BBC: "You couldn't ask for a better boy really.

"I just feel for his mum and dad and his brother James - I can't imagine what he's going through."

Pte Reeves had been in Afghanistan since March as part of the British Forces Transport Troop, convoying combat supplies and military and civilian personnel around the Kabul area.

An investigation into the road accident in which Pte Reeves died is under way.

Pte Reeves' commanding officer described him as "a larger than life character that every unit needed".

The Ministry of Defence expressed their deepest sympathies to the families of both men.


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