Cyprus: British soldier killed in training accident
A British soldier was killed in an accident during a training exercise involving Sandhurst officer cadets on a military base in Cyprus, an army spokesman said Sunday.
Private James Parkinson, aged 26, from the 44 Squadron Royal Logistics Corp, was killed when he was hit by a four-ton military truck at 10:07 pm (local time) on Saturday night.
"The 26-year-old private died as a result of a tragic accident occurred while taking part in a two-week training exercise," said British military spokesman in Cyprus, Major Tony Brumwell.
He was in Cyprus in the framework of an exercise, where officer cadets from Britain's top military academy, Sandhurst, go through their final paces at the end of a year's training at the elite institution.
Parkinson was driving a truck full of cadets when at some point he got out of his vehicle. Initial reports said he was hit by another vehicle and crushed between the two.
Nobody else was injured in the incident at the British base of Episkopi, located west of the coastal town of Limasol.
"The exact cause of the accident is being investigated," said Brumwell. (Albawaba.com)
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