Thursday, April 5, 2007
"Four British soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb attack in southern Iraq last night, the Ministry of Defence said today.
A Kuwaiti interpreter was also killed, and a fifth British solider seriously wounded in the incident, which happened during a patrol west of Basra.
The latest fatalities bring the British death toll in Iraq for the last few days to six, making it the worst week for British casualties since 10 British personnel died when an RAF Hercules plane crashed outside Baghdad on January 30 2005.
Today's casualties were the worst loss in a single incident since four British service personnel were killed in an attack on a coalition boat patrol last November.
Captain Katie Brown, a spokeswoman for the British military in Basra, said the patrol was attacked at about 2am local time in the Hayaniya district, west of Basra.
In London, an MoD spokeswoman said: "It is with deep regret that we can confirm that four British soldiers and a civilian interpreter were killed in a roadside bomb attack against a Warrior patrol west of Basra this morning. Next of kin are being informed and no further details will be released until this process is complete."
The total death toll of British service personnel in Iraq since hostilities began now stands at 140......"