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Undercover brits detained after shootout { September 20 2005 }

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'Undercover' Britons detained after Iraqi police shoot-out

Iraqi authorities have detained two British nationals in the southern city of Basra for firing on police, a senior Iraqi official says.

The official said he had been informed by the British military that they were undercover soldiers in civilian clothes.

"They were driving a civilian car and were dressed in civilian clothes when a shooting took place between them and Iraqi patrols," the official told Reuters.

"We are investigating and an Iraqi judge is on the case, questioning them."

British military authorities said they could not confirm the incident but were investigating.

- Reuters

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