Victim of Baghdad bomb was helping oil industry

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A Briton who was helping to reconstruct the Iraqi oil industry was one of two men killed in a roadside bomb in Baghdad on Monday.

A Briton who was helping to reconstruct the Iraqi oil industry was one of two men killed in a roadside bomb in Baghdad on Monday.

Bob Morgan, 63, had been advising the Coalition Provisional Authority in work funded by the Foreign Office. He was killed along with Mark Carman, 38, when their armoured car was blown up near the entrance of the CPA's headquarters. Two other people died in the explosion but they were not identified.

Mr Carman's employer, Control Risks Group, said in a statement yesterday that it was "deeply saddened" by his death. It said he was a former member of the British Army and was part of a team providing security for the Foreign Office.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "Our sincere condolences go to the family, friends and colleagues of both men."

Twelve British civilians have now died in Iraq since July last year. Last week, a civilian security worker, Andrew Harries, 33, was shot when a gunman ambushed his car. Mr Harries, from Llwydcoed in Aberdare, south Wales, was travelling with his half-brother in a convoy. A former Royal Engineer and veteran of the 1991 Gulf war, he was in Iraq working forArmorGroup, a security firm based in London. His mother, Veronica, died of cancer six months ago, aged 64, and he left behind a three-year-old daughter, Ella.

In April another former soldier, Michael Bloss, was killed in a battle near the town of Hit. Mr Bloss, 38, from Bridgend, south Wales, was protecting civilian contractors.

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