Teenager charged over Facebook soldier death comments

A West Yorkshire teenager will appear in court on Friday after allegedly making comments on Facebook about the deaths of six soldiers in Afghanistan.

Azhar Ahmed, 19, of Fir Avenue, Ravensthorpe, faces a racially aggravated public order charge.

He was arrested on Friday and charged over the weekend, police said.

The soldiers, five from 3 Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, and one from the Duke of Lancaster's, were killed by a bomb in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Cpl Jake Hartley, 20, Pte Anthony Frampton, 20, and Pte Christopher Kershaw, 19, were killed in the blast.

Pte Daniel Wade, 20, Pte Daniel Wilford, 21, and Sgt Nigel Coupe, 33, also died when their Warrior armoured vehicle was hit on Tuesday.

Mr Ahmed has been bailed.

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