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Last Updated: Monday, 2 April 2007, 22:21 GMT 23:21 UK
UK soldier dies after Iraq patrol
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A British soldier has died after being wounded during a routine patrol in southern Iraq.

The soldier, from the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, was injured in the al-Asher district of Basra at about 1400 BST.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said his family had been informed. His name is expected to be released on Tuesday.

A second serviceman was also wounded in the incident, which came a day after another UK soldier died following an attack on his patrol in the same area.

The MoD said the serviceman in Monday's incident was taken to Basra Palace for treatment, before being flown by helicopter to a field hospital at Basra Air Station.

Major David Gell, British military spokesman in Basra, said the second wounded soldier was expected to make a full recovery.

Roadside checks

Earlier, the Ministry of Defence named the soldier who died on Sunday as Kingsman Danny John Wilson, 28, of the 2nd Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

Kingsman Danny Wilson, picture from Ministry of Defence
Kingsman Danny Wilson died on Sunday

He was from Workington, in Cumbria.

He had been wounded by small arms fire after getting out of his vehicle to check the roadside ahead for explosive devices.

He leaves a wife, Tracey, and a son.

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Kenyon, said: "Danny Wilson was the sort of Kingsman whom it is a privilege to serve alongside.

"Selfless, committed and always ready to look on the bright side, he will be sorely missed."

Defence Secretary Des Browne said it was " tragic news" and offered his condolences to his family and friends.

The total number of UK troops killed in operations in Iraq now stands at 136.




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