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Army colonel who commanded Bloody Sunday troops is second ex-Para to be killed in Kenya within a fortnight after being shot dead by robbers while visiting his son
Edward Loden was gunned down by attackers in Nairobi The retired colonel was visiting his son Jamie who lives in Kenya Mr Loden commanded the unit that fired the fatal shots during the Bloody Sunday Massacre in 1972 Fourteen Catholic civil rights marchers died during the Northern Ireland shootings
By Rebecca Evans and Inderdeep Bains PUBLISHED: 15:10 GMT, 8 September 2013 | UPDATED: 23:40 GMT, 8 September 2013

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A decorated former Parachute Regiment colonel has been murdered by a gang of armed robbers in front of his family in Kenya. Colonel Edward Loden, 73, who commanded the unit that fired all the fatal shots during the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972, was attacked while on holiday visiting his son in Nairobi. He is the second senior Parachute Regiment officer to be killed in a fortnight in the country, following the murder of Lt Col David Parkinson, who was hacked to death by machete-wielding robbers on the nature reserve he managed.

Murdered: Colonel Edward Loden, 73, was attaked while on holiday visiting his son Jamie in Nairobi

Father-of-two Col Loden, who recently survived throat cancer, was shot dead by robbers who had lain in wait in bushes as he returned from dinner on Saturday evening to the home of son Jamie, 40, who is also a former Parachute Regiment officer who served in Afghanistan. He now works as a director with Barclays Banks Africa division. Kenyan police said Col Loden, who was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry during the 1967 Aden

Emergency in Yemen, was with his wife Jill, 69, and his son who was driving when they were attacked. His daughter-in-law, Sarah, had stayed at home to babysit. Police said the guard opened the gates to the compound in the upmarket Langata district of the Kenyan capital, and the robbers ran in.

Edward Loden was shot dead in a city of Nairobi, which has high crime levels as a result of crippling poverty. File picture

The murder took place in the Langata suburb of Nairobi in Kenya

An argument took place and the robbers shot through the windscreen, police said. It is not thought that they

targeted Col Loden. Police said that they stole a necklace and an ATM card. An investigation has been launched. A police source said: The armed thugs were in the bushes nearby. They somehow knew that the family was away and they lay in wait for them to return home. It is a common tactic. A statement released yesterday on behalf of the family described the murder as a brutal tragedy. It read: Edward, married to Jill, father of Jamie and Will, was a devoted family man and proud grandfather of Oliver, Amelia, Joshua, Harry and Emily.

An armed soldier grabs a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march in Derry City on January 30 1972

The crowd was protesting detention without trial of republican paramilitaries

Col Loden lived with his wife in a 400,000 house in the rural hamlet of Broxhill, in the New Forest, Hampshire. After leaving the Army in 1992, Col Loden had a career in business management before retiring seven years later to pursue his passion for sailing. After joining the Parachute Regiment aged 19 in 1959, he served on operations around the world, including in Aden. A report at the time said he was awarded the Military Cross for showing considerable personal bravery and a high standard of leadership.

A priest absolves a dying man during the Bloody Sunday massacre in Northern Ireland

He was a key witnesses in the Saville Inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday, which left 14 Catholic civil rights marchers dead in Northern Ireland. Then a Major, he was in charge of the Army unit which fired more than 100 shots into crowds. He was criticised by the families of those who died for failing to stop his troops from shooting unarmed civilians, but he was later exonerated by Lord Saville.

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Comments (19)
Newest Oldest Best rated Worst rated View all Why oh why afford such coverage of Bloody Sunday? Is it really relevant? - Bigbdarlo , Up North, 08/9/2013 20:11

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- eltelboy , Essex, 08/9/2013 19:27 Click to rate Report abuse the lesson to be learnt-don't go on holiday to kenya-the next zimbabwe. - dave , london, 08/9/2013 19:02 Click to rate Report abuse These slums are created by those moving into the towns from the country. They are as illegal in Kenya as they are in Britain and yet they were allowed to flourish. Robert Mugabe did the right thing and bulldozed them flat. His cities and towns are now very stable. - Worldsgonmad , Reading, United Kingdom, 08/9/2013 18:39 Click to rate Report abuse rip sir. - stockport , stockport uk, 08/9/2013 18:32 Click to rate Report abuse Do we need to rehash the story of Sunday Bloody Sunday. Isn't this story about a man who was shot during a robbery in Nairobi? - Sanderson Rowe , Bridgetown - BB, 08/9/2013 18:27 Click to rate Report abuse RIP - zyzz , Mount Olympus, United Kingdom, 08/9/2013 18:26 Click to rate Report abuse RIP hero - alan , sussex, United Kingdom, 08/9/2013 18:21 Click to rate Report abuse RIP Sir, no matter what the Liberal Lefties and Irish Nationalist will say of your passing - John , Leeds, United Kingdom, 08/9/2013 18:15 Click to rate Rating 50 Rating 67 Rating 5 Rating 42 Rating 24 Rating 63 Rating 138 Rating 16

Report abuse Another ex para killed in Kenya...something not quite right here - Cat , Colorado, United States, 08/9/2013 18:14 Click to rate Report abuse Share this comment The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Rating 95

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