Friday, 26 October 2012
Two More Fatalities
Two British military personnel were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday and a third was injured. The fatalities were Cpl Channing Day (pictured) and Cpl David O'Connor (no picture available).
Cpl Day was 25 and belonged to 3 Medical Regiment. She came from County Down. Cpl O'Connor was from Hampshire and served with 40 Commando. Both died in the same incident in the Nahr-e-Saraj area of Afghanistan.
The cause of their deaths is still unclear. A BBC defence correspondent in Kabul said that an Afghan source reported the pair were killed by an Afghan ally, but other locals disputed this. The MoD said the UK patrol was 'not working with any Afghan partners at the time' yet the Telegraph runs with a story contradicting this.
UPI reports they were killed by friendly fire from another British unit.
Regardless of circumstances, two young British people are now dead and two families' lives will never be the same.
A total of 435 British Military personnel have been killed in this dreadful war since operations began in 2001.