Dead Scottish security contractor Mark Duffus 'had been due to return home'

Mark Duffus Mark Duffus, from Forres, was a former soldier

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A Scottish security contractor killed in Afghanistan had been due to return home last week, his father has said.

Mark Duffus, 41, from Forres in Moray, was among at least seven people who died in a suicide attack on the Kabul base of a logistics firm supplying Nato forces in Afghanistan.

He was employed by international security management group Blue Hackle.

His father Albert told BBC Scotland relatives were trying to come to terms with the death of the former soldier.

Mr Duffus worked a rota of eight weeks out in Afghanistan and four weeks off.

His father said Mr Duffus had been due to come home last week but work commitments kept him in Afghanistan for an extra few days.

He said his son followed a long family tradition of military service, and described him as the "bravest of the brave".

Five guards, four of them Nepali, were among those killed in the gun and bomb attack, which happened early on Tuesday.

It is understood four insurgents, who were all killed, had a truck full of explosives.

Smoke was seen rising above the scene of the attack in the north of the city.

Moray SNP MP Angus Robertson said: "The loss of anybody whether military or civilian in a conflict is terrible for their family, friends and the wider community.

"My sympathies are very much with those family and friends in Forres and elsewhere at this sad time."

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