In a separate incident, UK soldiers shot and killed an Iraqi civilian on 16 October in the southern city of Basra, announced the UK Ministry of Defence. The incident took place when two army vehicles came under fire.

In another incident early on 16 October, four Jordanians were killed in Iraq when their car was fired on by US soldiers guarding a checkpoint. ‘The four Jordanians were killed when the driver passed a checkpoint, possibly ignoring warnings to stop in poor visibility,’ said an unnamed US official.