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British contractor killed in Iraq
Iraqi soldier beside a burnt out car
Security remains an issue in Iraq for military and civilians
A British man has been killed in Iraq while working as a civilian contractor, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

Former paratrooper Stephen Enright, 29, from Devon, was killed when an explosive hit the vehicle he was in.

Having served with the regiment around the world, he returned to Iraq with a London-based firm which was providing security for a US company.

Mr Enright's parents said he was aware of the dangers of working in Iraq and had been due to return in February.

Gloria Enright said: "He did speak of the dangers, especially when he was in the Paras in danger zones.

"I spoke to him the other day, and he said he was in an area where there had been no trouble."

Defence Secretary John Reid said 230 British soldiers have been wounded in Iraq since the 2003 invasion and 98 have been killed.

Funeral hope

Mrs Enright said the family is waiting for Stephen's body to be flown home, adding that she hoped he would have a military funeral.

"I am not sure about what really happened, only that there was an explosion," Mrs Enright added.

She said he had served as a paratrooper in Northern Ireland twice, Afghanistan and Macedonia as well as Iraq.

Mr Enright had had been going out with his girlfriend, Charlotte, for two years, his mother said.

The family have lived in Exeter for the past 20 years, and Mr Enright was a pupil at Central Middle School.

His mother said he initially trained as a dental technician but then went into the services.

Mrs Enright said her son was due to come home in February, and his death had not sunk in yet.

'Dangerous mission'

Mr Enright was employed by the London-based Armor Group, a subcontractor providing security to the Environmental Chemical Corporation, of Colorado.

It was working for the US Army Engineering and Support Centre - part of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) - clearing munitions in Iraq.

Mike Stahl, the head of USACE's international operations, ordnance and explosives directorate, said: "Our condolences go out to the family.

"Our personnel are highly trained and experienced and are doing a superb job, but it remains a very dangerous mission."

The incident is under investigation, the USACE said.

It added that the munitions clearance programme had destroyed more than 293,000 tons of ammunition in Iraq to date.

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