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Last Updated: Monday, 25 October, 2004, 13:03 GMT 14:03 UK
Bodyguard dies working in Iraq
Paul Chadwick
Mr Chadwick had been in Iraq since June
A Gloucestershire man has been killed while working as a bodyguard for reconstruction engineers in Iraq.

Paul Chadwick, 24, of Nailsworth, was employed by ArmorGroup when he died in Taza near Kirkuk, Iraq, on 11 October.

Thames Valley Police are investigating the circumstances behind his death and a post-mortem examination is due to take place on Monday.

A spokesman for ArmorGroup said Mr Chadwick was working as "an armed close protection officer."

Christopher Beese, a director of ArmorGroup, said: "We can confirm that on Monday 11 October, Paul Chadwick died of injuries suffered during an incident in Taza.

"Paul was deployed with ArmorGroup to Iraq in June having proved his technical expertise.

"He was providing security and protection for international engineers involved in the reconstruction of Iraq.

"His role included ensuring that their accommodation was secure and helping them select the routes that they use to reach the schools, power stations, hospitals and other facilities.

"On behalf of ArmorGroup I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Paul's family at the loss of a fine son and brother in such a tragic incident."

Mr Chadwick's body is being flown back to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Thames Valley Police say they are not planning to send any officers to Iraq at present.

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