Soldier Dies During Live Fire Exercise In Northumberland

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A soldier has died while taking part in a night-time
live firing exercise at a training facility
in
Northumberland.
The serviceman had suffered a serious head
wound after being shot during the exercise at the
Otterburn training area.
Emergency services were called to the scene at
11.15pm on Monday night, but the soldier was
pronounced dead at the scene.
Armed Forces minister Mike Penning said the
soldier was from The Royal Regiment of Scotland,
and expressed his condolences to the man’s
family, friends and colleagues.
He added: “The safety of our personnel is our
absolute priority and while deaths in training don’t
happen often, any death is a tragedy.”

Northumbria Police and the Ministry of Defence
launched an investigation to establish the exact
circumstances surrounding the soldier’s death, and
a cordon remains in place.

There are currently no details on whether any
other personnel were involved.
The soldier’s next of kin have been informed.
Sky’s Defence Correspondent, Alistair Bunkall, has
spoken to officials within the MoD who said they
do not believe suicide was a factor in the soldier’s
death.
He added that there have been no known arrests in
connection with the shooting.

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