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Last Updated: Friday, 28 May, 2004, 09:44 GMT 10:44 UK
Funeral for Iraq security guard
Funeral at the Roman Catholic church in Aberdare

A security guard who was shot dead in Iraq has been given a military funeral in south Wales.

Andrew Harries, 34, from Aberdare, was killed last week while working for a London-based security firm.

The funeral for father-of-one Mr Harries, who was a former member of the Territorial Army, was held at the Roman Catholic church in Aberdare.

He had been travelling with his half-brother Neil Meade in north Iraq when he died last Tuesday.

Mr Meade told Mr Harries' family that he was killed with a single shot as they travelled between Mosul and Irbil.

Mr Harries had a daughter Ella, aged three, who lives with his former partner in Runcorn, Cheshire.

He had been working as a security guard in Iraq for around eight weeks, and had been due to return home soon.

Andrew Harries and daughter Ellie
Mr Harries with his daughter Ellie

His body was flown back to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire last Friday, and was taken to Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil for a post mortem examination.

An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned on Wednesday.

Mr Harries served with the Royal Engineers for 10 years, and was posted to Bosnia, Northern Ireland and served in the first Gulf War before joining the Territorial Army.

The former soldier was working with security firm ArmorGroup at the time of the shooting.

Mr Harries also worked as part of the security team at the Celtic Warriors regional rugby side.

On Monday, 63-year-old oil expert Bob Morgan, originally from Merthyr Tydfil, died in a rocket attack outside the coalition headquarters in Baghdad.

In April, security guard Michael Bloss, 38, from Bridgend, was killed while protecting American contractors.

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