‘Stub­born’ bomb girl died a hero

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A FEAR­LESS fe­male bomb dis­posal ex­pert died when she bravely re­turned to the scene of an ex­plo­sion to help se­cure a vil­lage in Afghanistan.

Cap­tain Lisa Head, of 11 Ex­plo­sive Ord­nance Dis­posal Reg­i­ment, the Royal Lo­gis­tics Corps, died try­ing to dif­fuse a se­ries of de­vices on April 18 last year.

A pal told an in­quest into her death that be­ing “stub­born”, she made light of the sit­u­a­tion af­ter a de­vice ex­ploded, and coura­geously re­turned.

The hear­ing was told Cpt Head ( above), 29, who was com­mended for her hero­ism and pro­fes­sional work through­out, was called to Padaka af­ter a wire was spot­ted.

Speak­ing at Brad­ford Coroner’s Court, West Yorks., Cpl Adam Tucker said that af­ter mak­ing safe one de­vice, a sec­ond par­tially ex­ploded.

He said: “Lisa had a few cig­a­rettes and made light of the sit­u­a­tion. I asked her if she was happy to con­tinue and be­ing the stub­born York­shire­woman she was she went back down to the sec­ond de­vice.

That’s when an­other ex­plo­sion hap­pened.”

Hud­der­s­field woman Cpt Head was brought back to the UK but died from her in­juries. The coroner ruled that she was un­law­fully killed.

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