Thursday 8 December 2016

Tributes to Briton killed in Kabul blast

By David Wilcock

Published 18/05/2015 | 21:36

Afghan security forces inspect the site after a suicide bombing attack near Kabul's international airport in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Afghan security forces inspect the site after a suicide bombing attack near Kabul's international airport in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

A Briton killed in a terrorist car bomb attack in Afghanistan yesterday has been named as Michael Hampshire, from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.

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He was killed when a Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car near the international airport in the capital, Kabul, killing at least three people and wounding 18.

In a statement released by the Foreign Office tonight, his family told of their loss, saying: "Michael was a loving fiance, son, grandson, brother, uncle, cousin and a friend to everyone who knew him.

"No words can explain what we are going through at this time and we will miss Michael dearly.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank people for the messages we have received but would now like, as a family, to grieve for Michael in peace."

Mr Hampshire, who was known as Mic, was a security contractor working for the close protection team of the EU Police Mission in Afghanistan when he was killed. He leaves a fiancee of more than six months, Claire Taylor.

Friend Nick Baker wrote on his Facebook page: "An absolute legend of a man with a heart of gold who inspired so many. R.I.P Mic. You will be missed!"

The attack appears to have targeted vehicles of the European Union police training mission.

The car bomb was detonated near the office of the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority, a few hundred metres from the airport terminal.

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack.

The incident came just days after another Briton, who held joint Afghan nationality, was killed in an attack by the Taliban on a guest house in Kabul which left 14 people dead.

He was working for the British Council in the country when he was killed.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini paid tribute to Mr Hampshire, saying: "My deepest sympathy goes to the family, friends and loved ones of our colleague and of all other innocent victims

"The Afghan Government needs to ensure that those responsible for the attack are brought to justice."

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