Northern Ireland

Body of NI man killed in Helmand flown home

Ken McGonigle
Image caption Ken McGonigle from Magheramason was married with children

The body of a former policeman who was killed in Afghanistan will be brought back to Northern Ireland on Friday.

Ken McGonigle was working as a police mentor when he was shot dead by an escaped prisoner earlier this month.

His remains will be flown into RAF Aldergrove and then taken to Magheramason.

Mr McGonigle, a father of four, had been working for the New Century civilian security firm in Helmand province.

A statement from his family shortly after his death said "he had the heart of a lion and died a hero".

"Our dear husband, father and friend tragically lost his life whilst courageously helping the people of Afghanistan.

"Ken's primary motivation in life was his family; he was devoted to us all, as we were to him," it read.

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