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Man dies working in Afghanistan

Map showing location of Herat, Helmand and Kabul

A man from County Londonderry has died in Afghanistan.

Stuart Murray, 40, from Ballykelly, died in an ambush in Herat in the north-west of the country on Saturday.

The father-of-two had been working for a private security firm. Mr Murray had served in the army for 21 years before leaving in 2006.

His widow, Sheena, told the BBC that he was preparing to leave the country when he was killed. It is not known when his body will be brought home.

Mr Murray was due to leave the country on Sunday but had decided to leave a day early, she said.

It was the second time Mr Murray had travelled to Afghanistan for private security work.

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