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British soldier in Croatian attack died from injuries

sustained after being set on by a gang of locals as he returned to barracks having taken part in a fun run, the Ministry of Defence said last night.

Private Simon Jeans, 25, was with five other British soldiers on their way back from celebrations after a half-marathon in Kastel Luksic, near Split, when they were set upon by 30 Croatian youths armed with sticks. He was brought to Britain suffering head injuries, but died on Tuesday at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey. Pte Jeans was serving with the Royal Logistic Corps in the Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps. Two other soldiers were treated in hospital after the attack on 7 September.

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