Two British soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in Basra, the Ministry of Defence said.
The troops from the Queen’s Dragoon Guards were killed in the explosion at 9.30pm on Sunday, the MoD said in a statement. Two others suffered minor injuries.
The statement said: “The Ministry of Defence can confirm that an incident took place in Basra yesterday at 21.30 local time.”
It continued: “Two members of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards were killed and two others suffered minor injuries in what appears to be an attack from an improvised explosive device.
“The soldiers were from the Queen’s Dragoon Guards, part of the Basra City Battlegroup.
“The next of kin of those killed have been informed and they have asked for a period of time to come to terms with their tragic news.
“We will release further information as it becomes available.”
Defence Secretary Des Browne said: “It was with profound sorrow that I heard of the tragic deaths last night of two British soldiers.
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of these brave men. I am told that two other soldiers have sustained minor injuries.
“The incident took place in North West Basra City and appears to be an improvised explosive device, but you will understand that I cannot comment further until more information becomes available.”