Teen charged over Facebook post on UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan
A teenager has been charged in connection with comments he made on Facebook after the deaths of six UK soldiers in Afghanistan.
Azhar Ahmed, 19, posted comments on his Facebook page bemoaning the level of attention the British soldiers received in comparison with the Afghan civilian victims of the conflict.
He has now been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence in connection with the posting after being arrested last week.
A spokesperson for West Yorkshire police said: ‘He didn’t make his point very well and that is why he has landed himself in bother.’
Mr Ahmed, from Fir Avenue, Ravensthorpe, is due before Dewsbury Magistrates Court on March 20.
The six soldiers in question died when their Warrior armoured vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb last week in what was the deadliest attack upon UK forces in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001.
Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, of First Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, died alongside Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, Private Anthony Frampton, 20, Private Christopher Kershaw, 19, Private Daniel Wade, 20, and Private Daniel Wilford, 21, all of Third Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment.
Their deaths took the UK death-toll since the start of the Afghan campaign to 404.
Their bodies are due to be repatriated this week when they are flown back to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on March 15.