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Fijian soldier was shot dead while protecting Afghan elders

In Masculinity, militarism, Militarism in the Pacific, Pacific Research and News on December 8, 2009 at 1:03 am
 Fusilier Petero 'Pat' Suesue  Photo: PA

Fusilier Petero 'Pat' Suesue Photo: PA

A Fijian soldier described as a loyal warrior died after being shot by enemy forces while protecting a meeting of Afghan elders, an inquest heard.

Fusilier Petero ”Pat” Suesue, of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed near Sangin, in Afghanistan, on May 22 while on foot patrol at around 1.30pm.

He was among a group of around 90 soldiers who were patrolling the area to provide a secure perimeter for a meeting of elders and important Afghan nationals.

An inquest heard today that Fus Suesue, 28, was shot in the abdomen as the platoon was preparing to replenish their equipment.

A series of small round shots were heard before Fus Suesue fell to the ground.

He was dragged behind the wall of a compound where his fellow soldiers gave first aid while under fire from enemy forces.

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