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UK guard Shaun Sexton, killed in Afghanistan, was former soldier

A UK private security guard killed in a suicide attack in northern Afghanistan on Friday was a former British soldier.

Shaun Sexton, 29, from Ashington, Northumberland, died in an attack on offices of US consultancy Development Alternatives Inc (DAI) in Kunduz.

Mr Sexton’s employer, Edinburgh International (EI), said Mr Sexton had served as a platoon sergeant in 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment.

Three other security guards were killed in the assault.

All four men – Mr Sexton, two Afghans and a German – worked for DAI’s security sub-contractor EI.

A second Briton was seriously injured in the attack.


The Taliban claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn raid, which began at about 0330 local time on Friday when a suicide bomber blew up a car outside DAI’s compound in Kunduz.

At least five other militants wearing explosives vests ran inside the building and started a fierce gun battle that lasted several hours before they were killed.

The men who died were hailed as heroes for their attempts to defend the compound.

Washington DC-based DAI is contracted by the US Agency for International Development to improve governance and community development in Kunduz, which is largely patrolled by German troops.  Original story here

July 5, 2010 - Posted by | Afghanistan, CIA, Civilian Contractors, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , , , ,


  1. Goodbye Shaun. May you rest in peace mate. This world will be a lonely place without you. God how you made me laugh!!! My heart lies with your family in this very sad time. Total mega bloke who showed no fear all the way… Goodbye my mate.

    Comment by Baz | July 22, 2010 | Reply

  2. shaun m8 just looking thru things, always a hero am just pleased i knew u and had the pleasure of a cousin like u, untill the next time take care luv u loads and will always miss u more HERO x

    Comment by nicky sexton | October 8, 2010 | Reply

  3. Shaun you were one of a kind and we hold great memories of you, well never forget you…our hearts go out to laura and the family. we will miss you. love kerrie and bin as you named him.xx

    Comment by kerrie and valdi lawrence | October 18, 2010 | Reply

  4. Shaun was my son in law.He made the ultimate sacrifice to save others and it has not been an easy time for me personally. However what he did has left me so proud and the whole experience sad though it has been has been extremely inspirational. No one knows how they will behave when that vital moment arrives. Shaun delivered and has my total respect.What he did was Shaun and what he lived for.

    Comment by Peter Mills | November 29, 2010 | Reply

  5. RIP shaun, i remember meeting you for the first time. your a true hero.. love from your younger cousin. rest in peace angel xxx

    Comment by leonie | April 17, 2011 | Reply

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