Two soldiers killed in southern Iraq

Two British soldiers have died following an ambush outside the town of Basra in southern Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

Soldiers came under fire as they tried to rescue others from an armoured Land Rover which had been hit by a rocket-propelled grenade at around 0615BST.

Two of the injured soldiers were immediately taken to the British military hospital in Shaibah, where they later died.

A statement by the Ministry of Defence said: "Two British soldiers died following the ambush of a military convoy south-west of Basra on 28 September 2004.

"An armoured Land Rover was badly damaged, it is believed by a rocket-propelled grenade, and as troops sought to extract the casualties, they came under small arms fire. Further details will be withheld until the soldiers' families have been informed."

Two Iraqi civilians were also injured in the ambush which brings the number of British soldiers killed in Iraq to 24.


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