Solder shot in training exercise

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A soldier has been injured while taking part in training at a Scottish military base.
The soldier is understood to have been shot while he was involved in a training exercise.
Personnel were taking part in live fire training at Tain Air Weapons Range, a base belonging to the RAF, which sits in the Scottish Highlands, close to Inverness.
Roads around the base are reported to have been closed down, although it was not clear whether armed forces personnel or police had put up the cordons.
Police Scotland have confirmed that they were called to the base and said officers remained at Tain while investigations continued.
The range is used by both the RAF and the army, and is home to a rifle range and a small arms range as well as bombing ranges. It has 18 separate targets suitable for a variety of weapons training.
An Army spokesperson said they were aware that an incident had taken place at Tain and would release further details when they became available.
The Scottish Ambulance service, meanwhile, has confirmed that it is on hand at Tain to deal with what it said was an ongoing incident.
A number of civilian workers are employed at the estate to manage the grounds.
Police were called to Tain just before 6pm on Tuesday.
It is not the first time that soldiers have been injured, or worse, while taking part in training exercises.
This summer, 24-year-old Black Watch soldier Conor McPherson died in a fatal shooting at Otterburn range in Northumberland’s Tyne Valley.
Private McPherson, who was serving with the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was taking part in night-time training when he suffered a fatal head wound.
Meanwhile, a Rifles soldier died while training in South Wales during the height of this summer when he collapsed after completing an eight-mile fitness test. He died, shortly after he arrived back at his barracks.
The accidents come on the back of a warning from unions, who fear that fatalities could become even more common as a result of cost-cutting measures which have slashed members of safety staff.
Unite said that army and RAF firing ranges had become nothing short of “death traps” because of staff cuts. The job of lookout warden, to stop personnel from walking into the line of fire on training exercises, has now been removed because of budget cuts.

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