Inquest into soldier death

An inquest into the mystery death of an Edinburgh soldier in Afghanistan was set to take place today.

Highlander Scott McLaren, of the 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, was found dead with gunshot wounds after vanishing from a Nato checkpoint in central Helmand province on July 4 this year.

The disappearance of the 20-year-old from Sighthill sparked a 17-hour search and it is understood the military believe he was killed by enemy forces. However, the circumstances of his death remain unclear.