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Last Updated: Monday, 30 May 2005, 12:50 GMT 13:50 UK
MoD name soldier killed in Iraq
L/Cpl Alan Brackenbury
L/Cpl Brackenbury's family said they were proud of him
A British soldier killed in a bomb attack on a military convoy in southern Iraq has been named.

L/Cpl Alan Brackenbury, 21, from Goole in East Yorkshire, was among troops targeted while travelling to meet security officials on Sunday.

Four other soldiers injured in the attack, in the Maysan region 160 miles north of Basra, were flown to hospital.

L/Cpl Brackenbury's father, Stephen, said: "It is some comfort to us that he died doing what he loved so much."

The death brings the number of British troops killed in Iraq since the start of military operations to 88.

The Ministry of Defence said the scene of the attack had been sealed off and that the incident was under investigation.

The Ministry of Defence said it was with "very deep regret" that it confirmed L/Cpl Brackenbury's death.

"He was immensely proud to be a soldier and we were immensely proud that he was a soldier," said his father.

There is a sizeable British contingent in that region and relations with the people of Amara are difficult
Charles Heyman
Jane's Information Group

"It is some comfort to us, as we grieve for Alan, that he died doing what he loved so much."

L/Cpl Brackenbury had been serving with the King's Royal Hussars in A Squadron - part of the 1 Staffords battlegroup in Iraq.

He joined the Army in 2000, and was promoted to Lance Corporal earlier this year.

Lieutenant Colonel Toby Bridge, Commanding Officer of the King's Royal Hussars, said the soldier's death was a "desperate loss".

The area around Amara has seen some of the British army's most fierce fighting with insurgents in the last two years.

Earlier this month, Anthony Wakefield became the 87th UK soldier to die during the conflict after a roadside bomb blast in the same area.

Web threats

Senior defence analyst at Jane's Information Group Charles Heyman said the attack had taken place in a "very volatile region".

"There is a sizeable British contingent in that region and relations with the people of Amara are difficult," he said.

There are currently about 8,000 British soldiers in the south of Iraq.

The BBC's Alistair Leithead in Baghdad said it was "quite unusual" for British troops to be targeted.

Map showing
Amara has seen fierce fighting over the last two years

But messages have recently been posted on a website from a terror group linked to al-Qaeda, threatening more attacks on British soldiers.

The latest attack came as Iraqi security officials launched Operation Lightning as a direct challenge to the bloody wave of attacks that have killed more than 700 people since Iraq's new government was announced on 28 April.

The Ministry of Defence has issued a phone number for relatives worried about the welfare of family members serving in Iraq. It is 08457 800900.




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