28/02/2006

Two UK soldiers killed in Iraq bombing

A roadside bomb attack has killed two British soldiers and injured another on the outskirts of al Amara in Southern Iraq.

According to a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson the injured soldier is understood to have suffered "non-life threatening injuries".

The MoD confirmed that next of kin were being informed.

An investigation has been launched into the incident.

The latest fatalities bring the number of British troops killed in the post conflict stage of the Iraq military operation to 103. Almost 9,000 British personnel are stationed in Iraq.

Local authorities in the southern Iraq region around Basra have withdrawn support for the British force following revelations of a video appearing to show abuse of Iraqi civilians by British forces.

US forces have suffered 2,295 fatalities, with over 16,000 casualties, almost half of those wounded were too badly injured to return to duty. Other nations in the multi-national force have lost 94 personnel.

The latest US fatality was a soldier killed by small arms fire in Baghdad on Monday February 27. At the weekend one US soldier was killed and another fatally wounded when the vehicle they were travelling in was caught by a roadside bomb.

(SP/GB)

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