Airman dies in accident in Cyprus after Afghan tour

An airman from 1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment has died in an accident in Cyprus while on his way back home from Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defence said he died on Sunday from injuries sustained in an accident at an RAF base on 5 November.

Wing Commander James Hill said it was "particularly tragic" that he died while returning from a tour of duty.

His family has been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.

The MoD said the accident occurred in the Cyprus Sovereign Base Area.

Wing Cdr Hill, a spokesman for the British military in Afghanistan, said: "Despite the best efforts of the medical services at the scene, and afterwards, the airman did not recover from injuries sustained in the accident.

"It is particularly tragic that he died while returning home from a tour of duty that was dedicated to protecting his comrades and Afghan civilians while part of the Force Protection Wing at Camp Bastion.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. He will be sorely missed."

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