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Friends mourn loss of prospective MEP Del Singh in Kabul bombing

Del Singh, who campaigned in Aldershot, was one of 21 people killed in a suicide bombing in a restaurant in the Afghanistan capital last week

Labour councillors campaigning for Frank Rust in May 2013. Del Singh (second from left) was killed in Kabul on Jan 17 2014

Labour supporters have paid tribute to a candidate who was running to represent the south east in European Parliament after he was one of two British victims killed in a terrorist attack in Kabul on Friday January 17.

Dharmender Singh Phangurha, known as Del Singh, was killed along with former British soldier Simon Chase when a suicide bomber detonated a device outside a restaurant in the Afghanistan capital, before gunmen entered and began shooting people inside.

The attack, for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility, left 21 people dead, including UN officials, Afghan dignitaries and restaurant staff.

Mr Singh, 39, from Southampton, was named last April as one of 10 Labour party candidates for the European Parliament elections, due to take place this May.

He was a recognisable face in north east Hampshire as he was part of the campaign to help Councillor Frank Rust with his campaign to gain his Hampshire County Council seat, representing Aldershot East, in the elections last May.

Cllr Keith Dibble, who also campaigned for Cllr Rust, said he was saddened by the news of Mr Singh's death.

"I got to know Del very well when we worked together in Andy Burnham's Labour leadership campaign team in 2010," he said. "He was a regular visitor to our home in Aldershot and spent all day with us on polling day last in May helping Frank Rust gain his county council seat.

"I also chaired the Labour Party's European Election Candidate selection panel which chose Del as a candidate in the south east. He was a good guy with a strong independent views."

Mr Singh had more than 10 years of experience in international development, working in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Palestine, Sudan and Sierra Leone.

He was also a mentor for the long-term unemployed in Hampshire.


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