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Funeral for Bradford soldier killed in Afghan blast

Funeral of Sgt Peter Rayner
Image caption Sgt Peter Rayner, 34, was killed in an explosion in Helmand Province

The funeral of a soldier from West Yorkshire who was killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan has taken place.

Sgt Peter Rayner, 34, from Bradford, of 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was killed on 8 October.

His wife Wendy Rayner has described him as a "fantastic" husband and father who "loved his job and doing something which he believed in".

His funeral was held at St Joseph's Catholic Church.

'Caring person'

Sgt Rayner, a keen mountain biker, had previously served in Bosnia and Iraq and died during a second tour of Afghanistan.

According to his parents Peter and Bernadette, Sgt Rayner was an "avid" Bradford City supporter.

"As a soldier he loved his job and was totally committed to the Army, as well as his family and friends.

"As a son and brother, he was a fun loving and caring person of whom we are all very proud. We loved him so dearly and will miss him with all our hearts."

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