Bodies of soldiers flown back from Afghanistan

Last updated at 17:10 07 July 2006

The bodies of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan at the weekend were today brought back to Britain.

Relatives of Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi, 24, and Corporal Peter Thorpe, 27, were at RAF Brize Norton for the repatriation ceremony.

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The men died following an attack in Sangin, in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, on Saturday.

Pakistan-born L/Cpl Hashmi, from Birmingham, was the first British Muslim to be killed in the "war on terror" and was described by his uncle as a "hero of Islam".

Cpl Thorpe, from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, was described by his commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Steve Vickery, as a "talented and tremendously popular soldier".

He was serving with the Royal Signals and L/Cpl Hashmi with the Intelligence Corps attached to the Royal Signals.

They were among six soldiers to have died in the turbulent Helmand province in the last month.

The latest was 19-year-old paratrooper Private Damien Jackson, from South Shields, whose unit was ambushed during a foot patrol in Sangin on Wednesday.

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