British soldier's death takes Iraq toll to 100

The soldier, from the 7th Armoured Brigade, died as a result of injuries sustained from an explosion. Three other soldiers were injured, one seriously.

The attack took place in Um Qasr, in Basra Province, at around 8.34am local time, the MoD spokeswoman said.

The MoD spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that today a British soldier from the 7th Armoured Brigade died from his injuries sustained as a result of an explosion at approximately 8.34am local time at Um Qasr, Basra Province.

"Three other soldiers were injured, one seriously, in the same incident and are receiving medical treatment at Shaibah medical facility.

"The incident is under investigation."

The MoD spokeswoman said further details would be released once next of kin had been informed.

The latest death brings the number of British troops who have died since hostilities began almost three years ago in Iraq into triple figures for the first time.

Only yesterday, a soldier from the 7th Armoured Brigade, serving with the 1st Battalion The Highlanders, was killed by enemy fire in southern Iraq.

Lance Corporal Alan Douglas, 22, was on his first tour of duty in the region and had been in the country for just seven weeks, according to the Daily Mirror.

He was shot dead after coming under small-arms fire on patrol in the volatile Maysan Province.

Of the 100 servicemen and women who have died while on Operation Telic, 77 are classed as being killed in action, while 23 died from illness, non-combat injuries, accident or an unknown cause.

In addition, 230 British troops have been injured in enemy action since the March 2003 invasion.

After yesterday's shooting, L/Cpl Douglas's father Walter, from Aberdeen, told the Daily Mirror that his son had not wanted to go to Iraq.

"He was against the war. He couldn't see the point of it. The lives of 99 young men have now been lost - and all for nothing," he said.

Mother Diane added: "He was home just before Christmas. That's the last time we saw him.

"He told me he wasn't looking forward to Iraq. He knew himself it wasn't going to be a good one."

L/Cpl Douglas had seen service in Bosnia and Kosovo, and trained in Canada before heading to Iraq, the family revealed.

The Conservatives' former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind - who opposed the war - said he was "deeply saddened".

But he insisted that it was not yet the time for a wholesale withdrawal of British forces.

"We cannot just cut and run. The British and American governments have helped create these problems. For as long as our presence is helping to improve the situation, we have to see it through."

He said he hoped the election of a democratic government would help enable a "significant" reduction in troop numbers this year.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Life and Style
techPatent specifies 'anthropomorphic device' to control media devices
Voices
The PM proposed 'commonsense restrictions' on migrant benefits
voicesAndrew Grice: Prime Minister can talk 'one nation Conservatism' but putting it into action will be tougher
News
Ireland will not find out whether gay couples have won the right to marry until Saturday afternoon
news
News
Kim Jong-un's brother Kim Jong-chol
news
News
Manchester city skyline as seen from Oldham above the streets of terraced houses in North West England on 7 April 2015.
news
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

Day In a Page

Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?