Local soldier shot in Afghanistan

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A YOUNG Newtownabbey soldier has been shot and wounded in a so-called ‘friendly fire incident’ in Afghanistan, it has been revealed.

It’s understood the soldier, who is aged in his early 20s, was wounded in the stomach when a weapon was accidentally discharged during an incident last week.

It is believed the young man underwent emergency surgery at Camp Bastion last Wednesday, but has since been flown back to the UK for further treatment.

While it is thought the soldier may have been injured during a training exercise, the Ministry of Defence has declined to comment on the circumstances.

“We don’t comment on injuries to British Army personnel,” a spokesman for HQ Task Force Helmand said.

The Media Ops Lieutenant refused to be drawn further and would not give any information about the soldier’s condition.