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SCOTS SOLDIER KILLED BY HEAT; He collapses during training run.

Byline: By John McEachran

A SCOTTISH soldier died from heat-related injuries while training in Oman, the Ministry of Defence said yesterday.

Corporal Peter Armour collapsed on a training run in Seeb on May 18 and died in hospital just over a week later.

The 26-year-old, from Glasgow, who served with the Royal Signal Corps, leaves behind a wife and daughter.

An MoD spokesman said that the Signals Corps deployment in Oman was unconnected with British operation in Iraq.

The exercise was part of a long-term commitment by the British Army to help train soldiers of the Sultan's army and help maintain security in the tiny but wealthy Gulf state.

Oman has massive oil and gas reserves and occupies a key position on the sea route taken by tankers from the Saudi and Kuwaiti oil terminals out of the Persian Gulf.

Corporal Armour is the fifth British soldier to die in training incidents in Oman in recent years.

Two years ago, two SAS soldiers, who have never been named, were killed in separate incidents.

One died during a parachute jump and the other on a firing range A year earlier, two more soldiers died in road accidents in Oman.

Corporal Kevin Collum, 29, from Burnmouth, Berwickshire, was on a training exercise in the Gulf with the Royal Logistic Corps.

The vehicle he was driving was involved in an accident. Corporal Collum was serving with the Royal Marines Logistic Regiment, part of the 3rd Commando Brigade.

He left a wife and two children.

Signaller Bob Grattan, 18, died after a collision involving three vehicles in the northern training area of the Gulf state.

Four other soldiers were seriously injured.

Signaller Grattan, of Lincolnshire, was serving with the 1st Armoured Division Signal Regiment

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