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Thursday, 22 August, 2002, 09:20 GMT 10:20 UK
Colleague shot soldier, family claim
Sgt Robert Busuttil
Sgt Robert Busuttil from Swansea was killed in Kabul
The family of a man shot dead in Afghanistan have claimed a fellow soldier turned a gun on him before committing suicide.

Sergeant Robert Busuttil, 30, from Swansea and Corporal John Gregory, from North Yorkshire, died in a firearms incident described by the army as a "non-hostile" situation.

Sgt Busuttil's family allege he was shot by Cpl Gregory in Kabul following an argument between the two men at a barbecue just hours before the men died.

They say a fellow officer serving with the sergeant contacted them from Afghanistan with details of what happened.


Everyone who knew Bob is utterly devastated. Bob loved the army, it was his whole life

Statement from Busuttil family

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that two soldiers have died in a shooting accident and that a full investigation is underway.

According to the officer who contacted Sergeant Busuttil's family, Cpl Gregory, also 30, was having a farewell celebration on the night of the deaths, according to the officer.

In a statement released by the Busuttil family, they said: "As a family we are all devastated by Bob's death and have been agonising over reports in the weekend press of what transpired.

"We have now been contacted by a serving officer in Kabul, who has given an account of the events that occurred at the military base.

Peacekeeping role

"Everyone who knew Bob is utterly devastated. Bob loved the army, it was his whole life."

Both soldiers belonged to the Royal Logistics Corp and were serving with the International Security Assistance Force as peace-keepers in Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the British army in the region said a police investigation was underway and an inquest would be opened in the UK.

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"He was shot near Kabul airport on Friday night"

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