7 Sep 2006

Another Fijian soldier dies in attack in Iraq

3:21 pm on 7 September 2006

Another Fijian soldier serving in the British army has been killed in an insurgent attack in Iraq.

27-year-old Gunner Samuela Vanua of the 12th Regiment Royal Artillery was one of two soldiers who died when they were ambushed north of Basra on Monday.

The British ministry of defence says a roadside bomb exploded under their Land Rover patrol vehicle as they supported a Danish reconstruction team.

The British defence secretary, Des Browne, has sent his sincere condolences to Gunner Vanua's family in Fiji.

Mr Browne says Gunner Vanua's professionalism was a credit to Fiji and his contribution to the reconstruction of Iraq will not be forgotten.

Gunner Vanua's commanding officer, Lt Col Jon Campbell, said he had an obvious potential for a highly successful career and was a high quality motivated soldier of whom the Army, his regiment and his battery is rightly very proud.

Last Friday, a Fijian soldier serving with the British army in Afghanistan was killed in clashes with Taliban insurgents.

He was 27-year old Ranger Anare Draiva of the 1st Royal Irish Regiment who died in combat in Northern Helmand.