Limavady man dies in Kabul attack

Published Saturday, 18 January 2014
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Tributes have been paid to a man originally from Liverpool, who lived in Northern Ireland with his family, after he was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.

Limavady man dies in Kabul attack
Simon Chase, who was killed in Afghanistan. (© Family photo)

He has been named by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Simon Chase.

The former British soldier lived in Limavady, Co Londonderry with his partner and two children. The ex-Cheshire Regiment soldier had worked as a nightclub doorman in the town, before travelling to Kabul to work in the security industry.

Twenty-one people in total were killed in the gun and bomb attack at the restaurant in the capital Kabul on Friday night. A senior IMF official and four UN employees were among those who died.

The blast occurred at the Taverna du Liban restaurant, which is popular with tourists and westerners.

The suicide attacker detonated his explosives outside the gate of the heavily fortified restaurant, the deputy interior minister Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said.

Two gunmen entered the restaurant and started shooting at people inside.

It is believed the gunmen were eventually shot dead by security forces when they arrived at the scene.

The work carried out by security personnel in Afghanistan is incredibly brave and I want to pay tribute to their dedication in a hostile environment. Every day they put their lives on the line to help make a difference to the many affected by the conflict.

DUP Councillor Alan Robinson

The restaurant is situated on a small side street in the diplomatic quarter of the central Wazir Akbar Khan area, which is home to several embassies, non-governmental organisations and the homes and offices of Afghan officials.

Like most places frequented by foreign diplomats, aid workers, journalists and businessmen, it has no signs indicating its location and is heavily secured.

Limavady DUP Councillor Alan Robinson has paid tribute to Mr Chase.

"Our community is very proud of the work that Simon Chase was doing in Afghanistan but equally the entire community is shocked and devastated at his loss. Whilst I did not know Simon in a personal capacity I am however personally very sad to learn of his passing in such tragic circumstances in far away lands.

"Our first thoughts of course are with his partner, Norma and his family, but also for his colleagues in Afghanistan and on the mainland," he continued.

"As the Roe Valley mourns the passing of Simon, I am confident that the Limavady public will rally around to give support to Norma and her family as they try to come to terms with their sudden bereavement. I'm sure Simon's family and friends will take some comfort from the fact that he lived his life to the full, lived the life that he loved to live whilst doing the job that he was so professional at."

Mayor of Limavady Gerry Mullan also extended his condolences to Mr Chase's family.

"There is cloud that has descended upon the local community who are very shocked and saddened by his loss," said the SDLP councillor.

"He was a well-known and well-respected figure in the community."

© UTV News
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7 Comments
Observer in Online wrote (253 days ago):
Sad news, Si died while bravely trying to protect others from cowards, RIP.
heather in derry wrote (255 days ago):
god bless & for his partner & family be strong xx
Limavady in Limavady wrote (255 days ago):
so sad x
Tommy in Ballymoney wrote (256 days ago):
RIP Big man.
ex 4 Royal Irish comrade in Lisburn wrote (256 days ago):
RIP Simon. Faugh A Ballagh.
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