Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire soldier's father forgives Taliban

A father whose son lost both his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan said he has forgiven the Taliban.

Sapper James Wilson, 29, of Lymington, Hampshire, was seriously wounded by an improvised explosive device while out on patrol at the end of September.

The Royal Engineer, who is known as "Jimmer", is being treated in hospital in Birmingham.

His father Ian has written a message of forgiveness, which has been left in the area where his son was hurt.

'Rolled his eyes'

Mr Wilson, whose eldest son Stuart, 19, was killed while serving in Bosnia in 1997, said: "With help from James's girlfriend we sent an email to some of our friends in Afghanistan and asked for the message to be left at the roadside.

"[It told] the bombers that James's dad is a good Christian and he forgives them for what they did."

Image caption Sapper Wilson also suffered internal injuries and wounds to his hands

When asked what his son thought of the message, Mr Wilson added: "He rolled his eyes at me but he knows that's the way I am.

"Forgiveness is an easy thing, it is the spirit the other person receives it in, that's the important thing."

Sapper Wilson also suffered internal injuries and wounds to his hands in the explosion.

He had been leading a bomb disposal team in Helmand province when he triggered the device.

But his father said he is "on the mend" and looking forward to leaving hospital.

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