Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has led tributes to a British-Sikh development specialist who was one of two Britons killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul on Friday night.
Del Singh was a prospective Labour Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and had worked in international development for more than a decade managing EU and UN humanitarian projects around the world.
He died along with 21 others in the attack on a Lebanese restaurant popular with foreigners in the Afghan capital.
In a statement, Mr Miliband said: “My thoughts – and the thoughts of the whole Labour Party – are with the family and friends of Del Singh.
Del spent over ten years carrying out vital work on development projects in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sudan, Sierra Leone and other countries. He dedicated his life to working with people across the world who needed his support.”
According to the Labour Party website, Southampton-born Mr Singh had worked as a mentor for the long-term unemployed in Hampshire, helped out at a homeless charity in London, served on the Board of Care International and was coordinator of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East (LFPME).
LFPME tweeted: “Last night we lost a son, a brother, a friend in the brutal attack in Kabul. Still can’t believe you’re gone.”
Aldershot Labour councillor Keith Dibble tweeted: “Devastated to hear the terrible news of the tragic death of Del Singh. A good friend and colleague. Our thoughts are with his family.”
Liverpool-born Simon Chase, another air worker, was among the 13 foreigners killed in the attack on the Taverna du Liban Lebanese restaurant, an eatery frequented by aid workers, diplomats, security contractors and journalists.
According to reports the bomber detonated his suicide vest at the entrance to the restaurant before two accomplices armed with AK-47’s entered and opened fire randomly.
Two Canadians and the Lebanese head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the country were among the dead.
The owner of the restaurant, Kamal Hamada, died trying to fight off the attackers with a handgun.
All three attackers were also killed.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for attack in the neighbourhood of Wazir Akbar Khan, a heavily defended area home to foreign embassies, Nato facilities and charity offices.
Local police said they believe operatives from the Taliban’s closely allied Haqqani Network planned and carried out the assault.
Although terror attacks are commonplace in Kabul, it is unusual for attackers to penetrate the heart of the city’s diplomatic quarter and target one of the well-guarded restaurants used by foreigners.
Like other night spots, the Taverna had a strict security policy at the door and was manned by several armed guards.
The Taliban said the attack was to avenge an American airstrike in Parwan province this week, which President Hamid Karzai said killed seven children and one woman.