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Soldier Mark Connolly's death investigated

A Scottish soldier's death after an alleged incident outside a bar in Germany is being investigated by the Royal Military Police.

Pte Mark Connolly, 24, of Inverness, had served in Afghanistan with the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 Scots).

He survived an explosion that killed his colleague Pte Robert McLaren, 20, from Mull, in Afghanistan in 2009.

Pte Connolly was believed to have been involved in a fight on Saturday.

An Army spokeswoman said she could not confirm the details because the matter was still under investigation.

Pte Connolly, who had also served in Iraq and Northern Ireland, died in Paderborn where he was doing a military driving course.

His commanding officer, Lt Col Ed Fenton, paid tribute to the soldier.

Lt Col Fenton said: "He was a fit, proud and professional soldier blessed with an infectious enthusiasm for everything.

"Pte Connolly will be hugely missed by all who knew him. He leaves behind wife Stacy and family whom he loved dearly."

Lt Col Fenton added: "They are in all of our thoughts and prayers at this tragic time."

Last year, Pte Connolly appeared on the catwalk of New York's Tartan Week Dressed to Kilt fashion show wearing the traditional Black Watch tartan and uniform.

An Army spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the incident but we are unable to comment as the matter is being investigated by the Royal Military Police."

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