Soldier Killed In Iraq

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A British soldier has been killed in a roadside bomb attack on a convoy in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.

Four other British soldiers were injured in the blast, which is being investigated by the Ministry of Defence.

Iraqi police captain Mushtaq Khazim said a British vehicle was destroyed by the bomb but has no further details.

An MoD spokesman said: "We can confirm that there has been an incident involving British forces."

The dead and injured soldiers' families are being notified but their identities have not been released.

Britain has more than 8,000 troops in southern Iraq and has been the main ally of the United States in the war.

Basra is the main base for British forces and it has enjoyed relative calm compared to central Iraq, where insurgents are waging a campaign of suicide bombings and shootings.

The latest death brings the number of British troops killed in Iraq to 98.
 
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