SOLDIER DIES IN LIVE-ROUND EXERCISE
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.