Thursday, January 27, 2011

British Para, Martin Bell, dies helping injured colleague

Pvt. Martin Bell
A soldier who became Britain's 350th military fatality in Afghanistan died after disobeying a direct order and running to help an injured colleague, his Commanding Officer has disclosed.

Private Martin Bell, 24, of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was fatally wounded as attempted to reach a comrade who had been injured in an explosion.
He was killed in a separate blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) as he tried to help his stricken colleague to the south of Nahr-e-Saraj in Helmand province on Tuesday.

Officers said he was a hero whose selfless act cost him his life.

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