THE dad of a paratrooper killed by Islamic insurgents has welcomed the death of Osama bin Laden.
Nathan Cuthbertson, 19, from Tunstall, was serving with 2 Para when he was killed in action by a suicide bomber in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, in 2008.
Today his dad, Tom, 42, a paramedic, said the killing of al-Qaida founder bin Laden by U.S. forces at the weekend would not bring Nathan back, but offered some hope for the future.
“I’m pleased they’ve got him, and I hope he suffered the way he made others suffer,” said Tom, who lives with wife Carla.
“It’s been 10 years. For 10 years he’s been the masterminding things, orchestrating world terror from Pakistan.
“The way our Nathan was killed, the use of IEDs, he’s probably been the mastermind behind all that. I’m pleased he’s been killed.”
Tom and Carla have two other sons, Connan and Blaine.
Last year Connan, 17, made headlines when he followed his older brother into the Army, despite his family’s fears after losing one son.
Tom said Bin Laden’s death may make the world a safer place for soldiers and civilians, but he has strong doubts.
He added: “Maybe our Nathan’s death could have been avoided, it might have been.
“Maybe this will change the situation with terrorism, but it probably won’t.
“It doesn’t make me feel better about Nathan.
“It makes me feel a bit better that the man behind it all is gone, that they’ve taken the main man out.
“But I think there’ll be thousands of others ready to step into his shoes. It might change things, but we’ll have to wait and see.”