Three British soldiers killed in Basra

Three British soldiers have been killed and one seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Basra.

The explosion occurred in the Al Amtahiya district in the south east of Basra City at around 1am local time on Thursday when the troops were outside their armoured warrior vehicle.

In a statement the Ministry of Defence said: "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of two soldiers from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and one soldier from 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh in Basra."

The MoD said the three soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device. The soldiers next of kin have been informed.

A further British soldier was seriously injured and is being treated at the military field hospital in Basra.

The soldiers were serving as part of the British contingent of Multinational Forces in south east Iraq.


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