Since 2001 there have been 325 British military personnel deaths in Afghanistan, with the most recent being the friendly-fire death of Sapper Mark Smith. Smith was struck by a smoke-screen canister that fell short of its target.
BBC News reported:
The soldier, from 36 Engineer Regiment, died on Monday while serving with the Counter-IED Task Force in the Sangin area of Helmand.
His family and friends paid tribute to the 26-year-old, from Swanley in Kent, and in a statement published by the MoD, called him “an inspiration”.
The MoD is investigating his death.
The MoD said on Tuesday that a smoke shell, designed to provide cover for soldiers working on the ground, “may have fallen short of its intended target”.
What other friendly-fire deaths have you read about in the news? Do you think these types of friendly-fire deaths are unavoidable in times of war?