Soldier in Iraq killed by “accidental discharge”

The British soldier killed in a “shooting incident” in Iraq has been named as L/Cpl Scott Hetherington, 22 from 2nd Battalion, Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. L/Cpl Hetherington was a vehicle commander in the Force Protection Platoon and is the first UK soldier to die in Iraq in nearly eight years.

It has been reported in The Guardian that his death was not the result of combat with Islamic State forces but was due to the accidental discharge of a colleague’s weapon. The incident occurred at the Iraqi training base at Taji, north of Baghdad where British forces are training Iraqi and Kurdish forces to combat Islamic State in Iraq.

L/Cpl Hetherington hailed from Middleton, Greater Manchester and last year became a father to a daughter. An inquest has been launched into his death.

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