Man from Tunbridge Wells dies in Taliban attack in Afghanistan
by William Mata | 30th November 2018
TRIBUTES have been paid to a man originally from Tunbridge Wells who was killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan.
Luke Griffin, 33, was described by a former colleague as a ‘brave warrior who took the fight to the enemy’ after his death on Wednesday [November 28].
He was among five G4S employees who died in when gunmen stormed the firm’s Kabul base. Four Afghan employees of the security company’s died as well as four attackers. Twenty-seven others were wounded.
Father of one Mr Griffin lived in the Liverpool area and leaves behind his partner Helen Morris, 33, and a toddler son who turns two next month.
Wayne Davis, a former colleague of Mr Griffin, told reporters he worked with his late friend in Afghanistan but had moved away to work in Africa.
“You can guarantee that we all wish we had been there by Luke’s side,” he said.
"It is something we never confront until times like this. You'll find some operators will go home now, either by choice or a loved one's insistence.
"The rest of us won't think about it. If you got tied up in your own mortality we'd never do it."
Mr Griffin was himself a veteran of British conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.