Two British soldiers were killed in southern Iraq on Tuesday, bringing to 103 the total number of British personnel who have died since the war against Iraq began in 2003, the UK Ministry of Defense said.
"Two British soldiers were killed and a third sustained non-life-threatening injuries," a spokeswoman told Xinhua, adding that next of kin are being informed and no further information is being released.
There are reports a roadside car bomb was detonated as a patrol passed through Amara, 360 km southeast of Baghdad and the soldiers are from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards battle group.
Asked about the nature of the incident, the spokeswoman said "At the moment we are not releasing any such information."
About 8,900 British personnel are stationed in Iraq, mainly in the south east of the country. The latest casualties came amid heightened tensions between British troops and local Iraqis after the issuing of a video of British soldiers appearing to abuse Iraqi civilians.