05/09/2005

Two British soldiers killed in Iraq

Two British soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

The soldiers, from the multi-national division southeast area, died around 11:30 local time (08:30 BST) from injuries sustained in the blast, which occurred in the Basra province in southern Iraq.

It was reported that the soldiers had been travelling in an armoured Land Rover, when the bomb exploded, around five miles east of the Shaibah airbase.

The airbase, which is located about 10 miles southwest of Basra, is the British logistics headquarters for Operation Telic.

Details of the soldiers’ names and regiments have not yet been released. The MoD said that their next of kin are being informed.

Defence Secretary John Reid said: "I would like to offer my sympathy and personal condolences to the families of the two service personnel who lost their lives in Iraq. It is deeply tragic that they have been killed whilst carrying out their duty."

The latest deaths bring the total number of military personnel killed in Iraq to 94, since hostilities began in March 2003.

(KMcA/SP)

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