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TEARS FOR MEN AS SECOND SOLDIER DIES IN POSSIBLE 'FRIENDLY FIRE'.

ANOTHER British soldier has been killed in a second possible friendly fire incident in Afghanistan this week, the Ministry of Defence said last night.

The serviceman, from 3rd Battalion The Rifles, died yesterday from wounds sustained in a firefight near Sangin in Helmand Province on Monday evening. It followed the death of Lance Corporal Michael David Pritchard, 22, of the 4th Regiment Royal Military Police, in a separate incident in Sangin on Sunday.

Both deaths may have resulted from friendly fire and they are under investigation by the Royal Military Police, the MoD said.

The soldiers' families have been informed. Wakefield, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, paid tribute to the latest member of UK forces to die in Afghanistan: "His courage and his sacrifice will not be forgotten."

The MoD said it would not release any more information until the conclusion of inquests into the shootings. The British death toll since the start of operations in Afghanistan in 2001 now stands at 242, including 105 deaths this year. Tributes were also paid to L/Cpl Pritchard, who lived in Eastbourne, East Sussex. His family said in a statement: "With great sadness we say goodbye to our beloved son."

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FAREWELL Rifleman Tom Harfield, right, of 3rd Battalion The Rifles, salutes his best friend from training, Rifleman James Brown, 18, as his and the bodies of Corporal Simon Hornby, 29, and Lance Corporal David Kirkness, 24, pass through Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire after being repatriated from Afghanistan yesterday.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 23, 2009
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