12/09/2005

British soldier killed in Basrah bomb attack

A British soldier was killed and three others injured in a roadside bomb attack on a vehicle in southern Iraq.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence confirmed that the attack in Basrah province, Iraq, occurred at around 11.15am local time on Sunday, September 11. The area has been secured and an investigation is underway.

Speaking from Pristina yesterday, where he is visiting British forces, Secretary of State for Defence John Reid said: "I was deeply saddened to hear this morning of the death of a British soldier on duty in Iraq. As always, my thoughts are with the family and with the families of those injured in this appalling act of violence."

Last week two soldiers, Donal Meade and Stephen Manning, both fusiliers, lost their lives in a roadside bomb attack on Monday close to the Shaibah airbase in Basrah province.

(SP)

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