Helmand soldier is the first to die in "mine-resistant" armoured vehicle (UK)

The British soldier who died in Afghanistan's Helmand province on Wednesday was killed by an explosion while travelling in the new Jackal armoured vehicle, supposed to be mine-resistant.


Trooper James Munday, 21, from Birmingham, had served with Prince William in D Squadron of the Household Cavalry, and Clarence House said that Princes William and Harry were deeply saddened by his death. William remembered Trooper Munday as an "exceptional soldier", his spokesman said.

He is thought to have driven over a landmine. Jackals, which are open-topped, were sent to Afghanistan this year to provide extra protection for troops. They have been attacked several times but this was the first fatality. Two soldiers were hurt in the blast.

Von: 17.10.2008, by Michael Evans, www.timesonline.co.uk

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