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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 February, 2004, 06:16 GMT
Iraq Red Caps 'deprived of ammo'
From top left: Sergeant Simon Alexander Hamilton-Jewell; Corporal Russell Aston; Corporal Paul Graham Long; Corporal Simon Miller; Lance-Corporal Benjamin Hyde; Lance-Corporal Thomas Keys.
There was speculation the men were executed
Six Royal Military Policemen killed by a mob in Iraq were given as few as 20 bullets each, a newspaper report claims.

The Red Caps - who should have had 600 rounds - were also forced to hand back grenades and doses of morphine, the News of the World said.

They were killed in an Iraqi police station on 24 June last year after being surrounded by more than 400 protesting Iraqis.

The MoD declined to comment until an Army investigation was completed.

Corporal Simon Miller, 21
Tyne and Wear
Sergeant Simon Alexander Hamilton-Jewell, 41
from Chessington, Surrey
Corporal Russell Aston, 30
Swadlincote, Derbyshire
Corporal Paul Graham Long, 24
Lance-Corporal Benjamin John McGowan Hyde, 23
Northallerton, Yorks
Lance-Corporal Thomas Richard Keys, 20
Bala, N Wales
The men were also given faulty radios and lacked heavy machine guns, according to the newspaper, which claimed to have seen a copy of a report by the Army's Special Investigation Branch.

The Red Caps from 156 Provost Company were in Iraq to train Iraqi policemen in Majar el-Kabir, 120 miles north of Basra.

It is thought they were attacked during demonstrations against what were seen as heavy-handed weapons searches by British forces.

An MoD spokesman said: "The investigation being conducted by the Royal Military Police will be looking into the issues of morphine and ammunition.

"It is therefore not appropriate to comment until the investigation is completed."


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