Huddersfield Man Killed in Afghanistan

19 May 2015, 10:45

A Briton killed in a terrorist car bomb attack in Afghanistan has been named as Michael Hampshire, from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.

Mr Hampshire was killed on Sunday when a Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car near the international airport in the capital, Kabul, killing at least three people and wounding 18.

In a statement released by the Foreign Office last night, his family told of their loss, saying: 

'Michael was a loving fiance, son, grandson, brother, uncle, cousin and a friend to everyone who knew him.

'No words can explain what we are going through at this time and we will miss Michael dearly.

'We would like to take this opportunity to thank people for the messages we have received but would now like, as a family, to grieve for Michael in peace.'

Mr Hampshire, who was known as Mic, was a security contractor working for the close protection team of the EU Police Mission in Afghanistan when he was killed. He leaves a fiancee of more than six months, Claire Taylor.

Friend Nick Baker wrote on his Facebook page: 

'An absolute legend of a man with a heart of gold who inspired so many. R.I.P Mic. You will be missed!''

The attack appears to have targeted vehicles of the European Union police training mission.

The car bomb was detonated near the office of the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority, a few hundred metres from the airport terminal.

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack.

The incident came just days after another Briton, who held joint Afghan nationality, was killed in an attack by the Taliban on a guest house in Kabul which left 14 people dead.

He was working for the British Council in the country when he was killed.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini paid tribute to Mr Hampshire, saying: 

'My deepest sympathy goes to the family, friends and loved ones of our colleague and of all other innocent victims

'The Afghan Government needs to ensure that those responsible for the attack are brought to justice.'

Mr Hampshire's family paid tribute to the security contractor.

James Etchells wrote on his Facebook page: 

'Yesterday morning me and my family received some devastating news, news that no one wants to receive, but my cousin Mic Hampshire lost his life out in Afghanistan.

'This has well and truly hit us hard and I'm still coming to terms with the fact that I'll never see you again.

'You will be missed massively by family, friends and your beautiful fiancee, I'm sure, but it's now time for you to lay in peace and us to be brave and strong.'

Ian Birkenshaw left a message about Mr Hampshire's death on the 1st Battalion Prince of Wales Own Regiment of Yorkshire Facebook page.

He wrote: 

'Received terrible news today of the death of Mic Hampshire. He was killed by a suicide bomber at Kabul airport.

'Deeply saddened. My, and I'm sure your, thoughts are with the families and friends of Mic and his fiancee.''

'Stand down and stand easy brother.''