Limavady marks return of bomb victim

Published Sunday, 26 January 2014
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The body of a former soldier who was killed in a suicide bomb in Afghanistan has been returned to Northern Ireland.

Limavady marks return of bomb victim
Simon Chase, who was killed in Afghanistan. (© Family photo)

Hundreds of people lined the streets around the Limavady home of Simon Chase as he was brought back on Saturday evening.

The father of two was one of 21 people killed in a gun and bomb attack outside the gates of the heavily-fortified Taverna du Liban restaurant in the capital Kabul.

Mr Chase was originally from England but had been living in the Co Londonderry town of Limavady with his partner and children.

Local councillor Alan Robinson said up to 300 people came out to pay their respects.

He continued: "People started to gather along the route to watch the body come home and eventually, at about 9.45pm, the hearse came into view and at that stage everyone stepped forward onto the side of the road. It was a poignant moment, there was anything up to two or three hundred people gathered along the route to welcome Simon."

The funeral of Simon Chase is due to take place at Christ Church, Limavady, on Tuesday.

© UTV News
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