Service for slain SAS soldier

By Hayley Hannan

Lance Corporal Leon Smith was killed near Kabul. Photo / supplied
Lance Corporal Leon Smith was killed near Kabul. Photo / supplied

Mourners are gathering to farewell a SAS trooper killed in action in Afghanistan.

An open service is being held at the Papakura Military Camp this afternoon to honour Lance Corporal Leon Smith, a soldier killed in a firefight near Kabul last week.

The 33-year-old was shot in the head on September 28 during an operation in Wardak province, southwest of Kabul, at a compound suspected of housing Taleban bomb-makers preparing for an attack in the capital.

His body was repatriated this week.

This is the second memorial ceremony, as he was farewelled by his mates in Afghanistan with a haka two days ago.

Lance Corporal Smith, formerly of Wellington, was not married but left family in the capital and in Tauranga.

His body will be returned to his family after today's service for a private ceremony later this week.

- APNZ

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