A retired British Army colonel has been shot and killed during a robbery on holiday in Kenya, his family said.
Colonel Edward Loden was attacked on Saturday night at his son’s home in the capital Nairobi.
Widespread reports last night said he had been in command of the Parachute Regiment Unit responsible for Bloody Sunday, in which soldiers opened fire on a civil rights march in Londonderry in 1972, killing 13 and fatally wounding another.
He is the second former member of the regiment to be killed in Kenya in recent weeks.
David Parkinson, a former Lieutenant Colonel who had also been part of the regiment, was killed in late August, in what was likewise suspected to have been a robbery.
Col Loden’s family said in a statement yesterday: “A retired British Army colonel, Edward Loden, was shot and killed during a robbery at his son’s home in Langata, Nairobi, shortly after returning from dinner on Saturday evening, September 7, whilst he was on holiday visiting his son and family.
“Nobody else was injured in the attack which took place when a group of armed men forced their way into the compound.
“Edward, married to Jill, father of Jamie and Will, was a devoted family man and proud grandfather of Oliver, Amelia, Joshua, Harry and Emily.”
The statement branded it a “brutal tragedy”.
Born in 1940, he was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment in 1959 and received the Military Cross (MC) for actions during the Aden Emergency in 1967. He retired from the Army in 1992.