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Killed soldier's mother seeks inquiry

THE mother of a British soldier killed during the invasion of Iraq launched a High Court bid against the government yesterday seeking an inquiry into the circumstances of her son’s death in 2003. 

Corporal Paul Long, of the Royal Military Police was killed alongside five of his colleagues by a crowd of Iraqis on June 24 2003 at a Police station in Majar-al-Kabir. 

The families of the six men argue that they were provided with outdated communications equipment, meaning they could not call for help, and that a shortage of ammunition meant they were unable to defend themselves.

Corp Long’s mother Patricia Long wants answers about the deaths of her son and his colleagues. 

The hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice seeks confirmation that the Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond will hold a new, independent and effective inquiry into the deaths. The hearing is expected to last two days. 

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