UK soldier, loyal dog, make final journey

2011-03-10 14:01
In this undated image Lance Corporal Liam Tasker sits with his Military Working Dog, Theo, during operations in Afghanistan. (UK Ministry of Defence, AP)

In this undated image Lance Corporal Liam Tasker sits with his Military Working Dog, Theo, during operations in Afghanistan. (UK Ministry of Defence, AP)

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London - The body of a British soldier shot dead in Afghanistan is being flown home - alongside the loyal dog who died of a seizure after his master was killed.

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, a dog handler with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was killed in a firefight in Helmand Province last week. Theo, his bomb-sniffing springer spaniel, suffered a fatal seizure soon afterward at a British army base.

The 26-year-old soldier and the dog had been in Afghanistan for six months, uncovering roadside bombs.

Tasker's body is being flown back to an air force base in England on Thursday. The flight will also carry the ashes of Theo.

The cortege is due to pass through the town of Wootton Bassett, where local people line the streets in a mark of respect each time a dead solder is repatriated.

- AP
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