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Kiwi killed in Iraq attack

Published: 3:29PM Sunday December 17, 2006 Source: Newstalk ZB

A New Zealand man working for a private security firm in Iraq has been killed in a violent attack on the convoy he was guarding.

Steve Gilchrist, 33, who moved to Brisbane in 2001, was killed instantly when his armoured vehicle was hit by a shell as he was escorting a convoy of trucks.

He joined the Australian army before beginning work in Iraq with private British security firm Armor-Group.

Before that, Gilchrist had spent 10 years in the New Zealand army's infantry, working his way to corporal. He had served in East Timor.

His body will be transported back to Brisbane by the New Zealand government.