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Friday, 30 August, 2002, 06:31 GMT 07:31 UK
Funeral for soldier shot in Kabul
Sgt Robert Busuttil
Sgt Robert Busuttil was part on a peace-keeping force
The funeral of a Welsh soldier killed while serving on peace-keeping duties in Afghanistan takes place in his home town on Friday.

The family of 30-year-old Robert Busuttil, from Sketty in Swansea, maintain he was shot by another soldier at the forces base in Kabul two weeks ago.

They believe he was shot during an argument after a farewell barbecue two weeks ago.

Member of the ISAF peace-keeping force in Afghanistan
Both soldiers were serving with an international force

The other soldier involved in the incident - Corporal John Gregory, 30 from north Yorkshire - died after turning the gun on himself.

Both men were serving with the Royal Logistics Corps. They were among around 400 British troops serving with the 5,000-strong International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman has confirmed an investigation is under way into the shooting incident, which the army has described as "non-hostile".

Sgt Busuttil's body has now been flown home and a service will be held at the Bethel United Reformed Church in Sketty followed by burial at Morriston.

Tributes

His family have given their version of events after receiving information from another officer serving with the unit in Afghanistan.

They also paid their tributes to Sgt Busuttil who had joined the army when he was 17.

He was a keen rugby player and played at the top level in the army.

He also joined a commando group three years ago.

"Everyone who knew Bob is utterly devastated. Bob loved the army, it was his whole life," said the family in a statement.

These latest deaths bring the total number of fatalities involving British troops in Afghanistan to three.

In April this year, a member of the Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed by so-called "friendly fire" while on patrol.


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