Three British soldiers killed in southern Iraq

Three British soldiers were killed and one other wounded by a roadside bomb attack early on Thursday, British military said.

The three soldiers were killed at about 1:00 a.m. (0900 GMT) on Thursday when they were conducting a foot-patrol in southeastern Basra, some 550 km south of Baghdad, a military statement said.

The fourth soldier was seriously injured by the blast and was receiving treatment at a military field hospital in the city, it added.

Up to 156 British soldiers have been killed in Iraq since the U. S.-led invasion broke out in March 2003.

Britain has pulled out 1,600 of its troops from Iraq, leaving roughly 5,500 troops based mainly in Iraq's second largest city of Basra.

Source: Xinhua



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