it is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of a British soldier in Iraq, following a planned search and detention operation in Basra City earlier today, Friday 24 November 2006.
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The soldier sustained gunshot wounds during the operation and was evacuated to a nearby military hospital. Despite the best possible medical care, the soldier later died from his injuries.
The soldier was a member of the Parachute Regiment, on secondment to Headquarters Multinational Division South East, Iraq.
Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of 24 hours in which to inform wider members of the family before details of his identity are released.
The MoD is grateful for the mediaâs co-operation in respecting the familyâs privacy at this difficult time