Highlander Scott McLaren was named today by the MoD after going missing early yesterday morning. (Daily Mail)
The British soldier who was captured by the Taliban and then executed was paraded in front of Taliban leaders after his death.
The Daily Mail reported:
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The British soldier snatched and executed by the Taliban yesterday has been named by the MoD as Highlander Scott McLaren.
Highlander McLaren of 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, disappeared from a Nato checkpoint in central Helmand province yesterday, sparking a massive 17-hour search.
It was claimed today that the body of the 20-year-old, from the Sighthill area of Edinburgh, was paraded around like a trophy by his captors.
The serviceman, who had wandered off alone from a checkpoint, is said to have been captured by insurgents from a Helmand village near his base.
He was then killed amid unconfirmed claims that he was tortured and beaten before his corpse was paraded in front of Taliban chiefs, an Afghan district councillor claimed.
The death of Highlander McLaren came as a ‘huge blow’ to those serving alongside him, his colleagues said today.
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A statement on behalf of his family – parents James and Ann, sister Kirsty and brothers James and Ross – read:
‘We are deeply saddened by the news that our dear son Scott was killed in Afghanistan.
‘We were extremely proud of Scott. He loved the Army and despite his short time in 4 SCOTS had made many friends.
‘Scott was a beloved son to James and Ann and brother to Kirsty, James and Ross. His family and friends; Grandmother Evelyn, Uncle Graham, Aunty Heather and close friend Michael will miss him dreadfully. We will always be thinking of him.
‘We would like to thank everybody for their support and kindness at this time.’
Last month the Obama Administration announced that they were holding peace talks with the Taliban.