NEWS
20/03/2012 03:34 GMT | Updated 20/03/2012 12:39 GMT

Teenager Charged With Racially Abusing Six Dead British Soldiers On Facebook

A teenager will appear in court today charged with making comments on Facebook about the deaths of six British soldiers in Afghanistan.

Azhar Ahmed, 19, is alleged to have posted the comments on his profile page and has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence, West Yorkshire Police said.

Ahmed, who was arrested on Friday and charged over the weekend, will appear before Dewsbury Magistrates.

He has been bailed to an address outside the county.

The six were killed by an IED in Lashkar Gah on 6 March, in the deadliest single attack on British forces in Afghanistan since 2001.

Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was killed alongside Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, Private Anthony Frampton, 20, Private Christopher Kershaw, 19, Private Daniel Wade, 20, and Private Daniel Wilford, 21, all of 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment.

It took the number of UK troops who have died since the Afghanistan campaign began in 2001 to 404.