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A SOL­DIER died while tak­ing part in a night live-fir­ing ex­er­cise, the Armed Forces Min­is­ter said.

Mike Pen­ning said the in­ci­dent hap­pened at the Ot­ter­burn Train­ing Area in Northum­ber­land.

The sol­dier was from the Royal Reg­i­ment of Scot­land. Po­lice and the Min­istry of De­fence are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Mr Pen­ning said: “My thoughts are with the sol­dier’s fam­ily, friends and col­leagues at this dif­fi­cult time.

“The safety of our per­son­nel is our ab­so­lute pri­or­ity and, while deaths in train­ing don’t hap­pen of­ten, any death is a tragedy.”

The MoD said the sol­dier who died was male and he was shot dur­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise.

A spokesman said there were no de­tails on whether any other per­son­nel were in­volved.

The fa­tal in­ci­dent hap­pened on a fir­ing range at the train­ing area, and Northum­bria Po­lice said the sol­dier died af­ter suf­fer­ing a “serious head wound”.

A spokesman said: “Emer­gency ser­vices at­tended and found the male sol­dier had re­ceived a serious head wound.

“Sadly, he was pro­nounced dead at the scene by paramedics.”

The MoD has not yet re­leased the sol­dier’s iden­tity.

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