A former police officer from Kent, who was working as a security contractor near Baghdad, has been killed in a suicide car bombing in Iraq.
John Barker was killed alongside an Iraqi man in the car bomb attack
John Barker, from Leeds, near Maidstone, was working on a project at Baghdad Airport on Wednesday when he was killed in the explosion.
An Iraqi national also died when a bomber detonated his car at a busy checkpoint being manned by both men.
Mr Barker was employed by the private security firm, Global Risk Strategies.
The company has around 1,500 contractors of various nationalities working in Iraq.
In a statement, it said both men had been contributing towards the post-conflict reconstruction effort taking place in Iraq.
"The exemplary brave and professional conduct of these two individuals prevented the further loss of life.
"Our sincerest condolences have been passed to their families and our thoughts are with them at this time," the company said.
The family of Mr Barker, who left Kent Police 14 years ago, were informed of his death on Thursday.