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First female officer killed in Afghanistan died defusing daisy-chain of bombs

The first female officer to be killed in Afghanistan died as she defused a daisy-chain of hidden bombs,

the Ministry of Defence said.

Captain Lisa Head is believed to be the first ever female bomb disposal officer to be killed on operations after she died from wounds sustained on Monday.

The officer was clearing an alleyway laced with IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device) for a patrol of paratroopers in one of the most dangerous parts of Helmand when she received the fatal injuries.

Colleagues said she “placed herself into danger so that others may be kept safe”. A fellow officer called her “the bravest and most courageous woman I have ever met”.

In a statement her parents and sister said: “We are extremely proud of Lisa. Lisa always said that she had the best job in the world and she loved every second of it. Lisa had a fantastic life and lived it to the full.”

Capt Head, 29, who had worked in Northern Ireland’s counter-IED teams, had already safely defused one hidden bomb when she was hit while dealing with the second. The string of devices were placed in alleyway used by both Afghans and men from 2nd Bn The Parachute Regiment from Patrol Base Four in the Nar-e-Saraj district. She was 22 days into her six month tour of Afghanistan.

Please read more about Captain Lisa Head here

April 20, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Improvised Explosive Devices | , , , , , , | 1 Comment