Northern Ireland

Simon Chase: Body of suicide bomb victim returns home

Simon Chase
Simon Chase had been working in Afghanistan as a security contractor

The body of Simon Chase, who died in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul nine days ago, has arrived back in Northern Ireland.

He had been working in Afghanistan for the EU police mission. He was among 21 people killed in the attack.

Mr Chase was originally from Chester but had been living in Limavady with his partner and two sons.

His funeral will take place on Tuesday at 11:00 GMT at Christ Church, Limavady, County Londonderry.

Mr Chase died when a suicide attacker detonated his explosives outside the gate of a heavily fortified restaurant before two gunmen entered the premises and opened fire on people inside.

Limavady councillor Alan Robinson, who has kept in touch with Mr Chase's family, said hundreds of people were waiting for the cortege on Saturday evening.

"When you take into consideration that it was a cold and damp Saturday night, it gives you a reflection of how well Simon was regarded in Limavady," he said.

"The mood was sombre - I did see a number of people who had to be consoled and it was very emotional, but I'm sure Simon's family were very proud."