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IRAQ: Shooting Inquest Resumes

All four worked for ArmorGroup, a security firm with 1,000 employees in Iraq protecting official buildings and companies. They were part of a civilian convoy working on the security of a reconstruction project close to Mosul when their convoy came under fire from gunmen.



by Andrew BarrowThe Scotsman
June 9th, 2005

An inquest is resuming today into the death of a British security guard killed in an ambush in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Craig Dickens died and three colleagues were injured in June last year.

Mr Dickens, 41, from Woodlands Road, Irchester, Northants, was killed immediately while fellow Britons Peter Lloyd, Stephen Baigent and David Leach all suffered non-life threatening injuries.

All four worked for ArmorGroup, a security firm with 1,000 employees in Iraq protecting official buildings and companies. They were part of a civilian convoy working on the security of a reconstruction project close to Mosul when their convoy came under fire from gunmen.

After the shooting Christopher Beese, chief administrative officer for ArmorGroup, praised Mr Dickens as “a good man, who knew what he was doing“.

He added: “This was an indiscriminate shooting.”

Mr Beese said Mr Dickens had been working for the company for less than a month and had been in Iraq for the same period.

Northamptonshire Coroner Anne Pember is resuming the inquest at Kettering Magistrates’ Court this morning.





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