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Monday, 19 August, 2002, 10:37 GMT 11:37 UK
Welsh soldier shot in Afghanistan
British paras return to base after patrolling Kabul
There are about 400 British troops in Kabul
The body of a south Wales soldier who died of gun shot wounds in Afghanistan is being flown back the UK.

Sergeant Robert Busuttil from Swansea, died on Saturday along with a fellow soldier Corporal John Gregory from North Yorkshire, in what has been described as a "non-hostile" situation at Kabul airport.


The families have lost loving sons and a husband, and the battalion and the Army have lost highly respected and professional soldiers and close colleagues

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Paul Miller
The deaths of the men, who were both aged 30, are currently being investigated by the Royal Military Police.

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Paul Miller expressed his deepest sympathy to the soldiers' relatives and described the incident as "the most tragic of circumstances".

"The news has been utterly devastating," he said.

"The families have lost loving sons and a husband, and the battalion and the Army have lost highly respected and professional soldiers and close colleagues."

Too distressed

Both soldiers, he said, had joined the battalion with strong recommendations from their last units and contributed significantly to the operation in Kabul.

Sgt Busuttil's family have been too distressed to talk about his death.

On Sunday, colleagues stationed in the Afghan capital held a memorial service for the two men.

The commander of the 400-strong British contingent in the Afghan capital has said that no other people or parties were involved in what happened, but no other details have been released.

The men were colleagues in the Royal Logistics Corps and were based at Bulford Camp in Wiltshire.

They worked for a unit which supplied fuel to aircraft serving the 20-nation International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in Kabul.

Their deaths brings the total number involving British troops to three.

In April, Lance Corporal Darren George, 23, of the Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed while on patrol by "friendly fire".

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"Both men died of gunshot wounds. No-one else was involved."

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