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Killing of Penicuik soldier was rogue attack

Pictured with his son is Captain Walter Barrie , who was killed in Afghanistan on Remembrance Sunday

Pictured with his son is Captain Walter Barrie , who was killed in Afghanistan on Remembrance Sunday

A Penicuik army officer was shot dead by an Afghan soldier in a suspected revenge attack as he played in a friendly football match between troops.

An inquest last week heard how Captain Walter Barrie was gunned down by the soldier inside a Helmand base as he enjoyed a kick-about with Afghan soldiers on Remembrance Sunday last year.

The shooter, who was killed by British troops in a firefight, may have carried out the act after his brother was shot and wounded in a similar attack in a different area of Afghanistan just 24 hours earlier, the coroner said.

Capt Barrie (41), who was unarmed and wearing just a T-shirt and combat trousers, died from gunshot wounds to his chest after Mohammad Ashraf shot him 10 times with an M16 assault rifle on the pitch in front of Afghan colleagues.

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