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NI soldier killed in Afghanistan

Cpl Sean Binnie
Cpl Binnie was working with the Afghan National Army

A British soldier who lived in Belfast has died of gunshot wounds in southern Afghanistan.

Corporal Sean Binnie, who was 22 and served with the Black Watch 3rd battalion, was originally from the Republic of Ireland.

Cpl Binnie was killed during a patrol with the Afghan National Army in the vicinity of Woqab, close to Musa Qaleh in Helmand province on Thursday.

He was one of four British solders killed in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Cpl Binnie's wife, Amanda, in a statement published on the Ministry of Defence website, said: "My husband, my hero - you have been so strong and brave.

"Our married life has been a short six months and I'm speaking for both of us in saying it was the best six months ever.

"I know you have died a happy married man in doing what you loved. We're so proud of you."

Cpl Binnie joined the Army in 2003. Following basic training, he joined his battalion in Warminster and moved with them to Belfast at the end of 2005.

Words mean very little in this extremely sad situation but our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this brave soldier.
Lieutenant Colonel Nick Richardson

He took part in the operation to close down British Army bases in Northern Ireland.

Cpl Binnie also served in both Iraq and the Falkland Islands.

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Richardson said it was another "another tragic situation".

"Words mean very little in this extremely sad situation but our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this brave soldier.

"Their pain is our pain and as the years go by we will mourn the loss of this true British hero."

Since 2001, 157 UK troops have been killed on operations in Afghanistan.



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