SAS hero shot dead in Iraq secret mission 'died a warrior'

Last updated at 20:44 08 September 2007

A hero SAS trooper who was killed with a single pistol shot during a secret mission to arrest an insurgents' leader in Iraq was named last night as Sergeant Eddie Collins.

Sgt Collins' death last Wednesday came after militants opened fire as the SAS moved in to snatch their target in Baghdad.

But as the elite troop leader led his men from the front, he died after being shot while searching a group of houses.

The SAS has requested that no further details about the popular sergeant or his operation are disclosed. But it is understood that a number of Iraqi rebels were arrested by his SAS colleagues.

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In a personal tribute, his SAS commanding officer said last night: "He always played to win and always set the finest example.

"He died a warrior, on the battlefield, leading from the front, doing a job he loved in the service of his friends, his regiment, his family and his country.

"He will never be forgotten."

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