The British soldier who died in Iraq this week was shot dead by a fellow soldier, according to reports.

22-year-old Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington died at Camp Taji, which lies north of Baghdad, on Monday.

The vehicle commander from the 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (2 LANCS) had recently become a father to a daughter.

He was part of a 500-strong British Army force currently training Iraqi and Kurdish security forces in the fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS). 

2 LANCS soldiers are providing protection to the troops doing the training.

His aunt Nicola Hetherington described the family as being "devastated".

Brother Nigel Hetherington posted on Facebook:

"I'll always love you kid. So proud of you it's unreal. I'll never forget you or your stories. You truly are one in a million. Sleep tight little bro. Look after nan for us until we meet again. Love you Scott, more than I ever let on."

The soldier, who was nicknamed "Snowball" was from Middleton in Greater Manchester.

His commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Rob Singleton, said:

"Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington was a superb soldier and a first class leader. Utterly professional and talented, he was full of character, fun and his enthusiasm was infectious. The battalion has lost a huge talent and a real character. He will be missed dearly and we will never forget him. Our hearts go out to his parents, his siblings, his girlfriend and his young daughter. They are in all of our thoughts."

Lance Corporal Lynch, Force Protection Platoon, Blenheim Company, 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, said:

"Snowball was a top bloke. You could always count on him to have a laugh, and he always had an answer for everything. He was such a big character. He will be greatly missed by the whole battalion."

A statement from the MoD said:

"It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington."

"The death occurred in Taji, Iraq, following an incident that is currently under investigation, but we can confirm that it was not as a result of enemy activity."