London | A British citizen has been killed in Iraq trying to defuse a bomb left by the Islamic State terrorist group, according to UK media reports.
Another worker is said to have been hurt clearing ordnance in Ramadi, 60 miles west of Baghdad, a US contractor said.
Iraqi forces backed by coalition air strikes retook the city from ISIS in December 2015, but mine-clearing has to be completed before residents can return BBC reports.
The UK Foreign Office said it was in contact with Janus following the death.
“We are in contact with the employer of a British national who has died in Iraq and have offered our support at this difficult time,” a spokesperson said.
The incident is said to have taken place in the Al-Malaab neighbourhood of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province.
Janus Global Operations began its work in April after being awarded the contract to clear thousands of devices and booby-traps left by ISIS.
It announced the death of the British contractor without providing further information.