British troops are investigating the death of an Iraqi police officer killed during clashes between coalition forces and insurgents near the southern city of Basra.
Lt Col. Karim al-Zaidi said a police captain was shot dead on Friday evening after being caught in the cross-fire between British soldiers and Iraqi insurgents during clashes in Zubayr, just west of Basra, Iraq’s second-largest city, 340 miles south-east of Baghdad.
A British military spokesman, Squadron Leader Steve Dharamraj, said an investigation was underway into an incident on the same day at the same time involving “a multinational convoy and a civilian vehicle”.
Dharamraj said he was aware of the killing of a policeman in the Basra area, but did not know if he died as a result of the incident involving the coalition forces convoy.
Britain, America’s closest ally in Iraq, has more than 9,000 soldiers in the country, mostly based in the south.
Denmark has 496 soldiers serving in Basra and nearby Qurnah in British-controlled southern Iraq.