05 March 2010
Inquest hears claims of Snatch Land Rovers being inadequate
An inquest into the deaths of a number of soldiers serving in Afghanistan has heard evidence that the vehicles being used by troops were inadequate.
Focusing on the deaths of Corporal Sarah Bryant - the first British female soldier to die in the country - and three SAS reservists, the investigation was launched after the families of servicemen took legal action against the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
It is alleged that the Snatch Land Rover was not suitable for use on the front line.
Referred to as Soldier E, the sole survivor of the explosion which killed Corporal Bryant and her colleagues told the inquest that the Snatch was "not adequate for the job".
He added: "There was a lot of worry that these weren't the right vehicle in our opinion for the job in hand."
Adam Wilson, partner at Russell Jones & Walker, which is representing two of the families, commented: "There are issues here regarding the lack of training and equipment provided to the soldiers to counter IED's, as well as the issue regarding the capabilities of the Snatch Land Rover. The families of the soldiers involved deserve to know the truth."
The MoD, which operates with an annual budget of over £32 billion, said its thoughts were with the families of those who lost their lives. The inquest remains ongoing.
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