11 Nov 2003

Three Fiji soldiers recruited for security work in Iraq wounded by bomb

12:04 pm on 11 November 2003

The first casualties have been reported among Fijian troops privately deployed for security duties in Iraq by the British company, Global Risk Securities.

Three soldiers were injured when a remote controlled bomb was exploded underneath a convoy of ten vehicles by opponents of the US led coalition.

The Fijians were escorting a consignment of the new Iraqi currency on a road north of Baghdad.

The Fiji Representative of Global Risk Strategies, Lt Col Sakiusa Raivoce, says the three are in a local hospital in Samara but their injuries are not life threatening.

The names of two lance corporals have been released after their families were informed while the third man's family has yet to be notified.

Meanwhile. three other Fijian soldiers are being sent home for disciplinary reasons after they were found drunk on duty at Baghdad Airport.

A total of 519 Fijian troops have been serving in Iraq on private deployment since the middle of September.