Armed Forces Minister issues statement after soldier killed in Northumberland

Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning has issued a statement after a soldier was shot and killed at Otterburn's military training area.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 23rd August 2016, 2:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:12 pm
Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning
Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning

The incident happened last night during a live firing exercise. Mr Penning said: "It is with great sadness that I can confirm that a soldier from The Royal Regiment of Scotland has died while taking part in a night live-firing exercise at Otterburn training area. My thoughts are with the soldier's family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

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"The safety of our personnel is our absolute priority and while deaths in training don't happen often, any death is a tragedy. As well as a police investigation, MoD accident investigators are looking into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident."