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A spokesman said they were following up "a number of leads" in the city where local people were passing on messages of sympathy.
He said: "We are building up an intelligence picture of the local situation."
They believe the killers were Saddam loyalists rather than criminals or al- Qaeda members.
The Army yesterday named the three men, who were all married and serving with the 19 Mechanised Adj. 1. mechanised - using vehicles; "motorized warfare"
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They were Major Matthew Titchener, 32, and Warrant Officer Colin Wall, 34, both of 150 Provost PROVOST. A title given to the chief of some corporations or societies. In France, this title was formerly given to some presiding judges. The word is derived from the Latin praepositus. Company, and Corporal Dewi Pritchard, 35, of 116 Provost Company.
Major Titchener had one child and WO Wall had three children.
Corporal Pritchard was believed to be the first TA soldier killed in combat in Iraq.
A red Chevrolet pick-up truck is at the centre of the investigation.
Reports at the scene on Saturday said gunmen threw a grenade grenade (grĭnād`), small bomb filled with explosives, gas, or chemicals and either thrown by hand or shot from a modified rifle or a grenade launcher. Grenades were in use as early as the 15th cent. at the soldiers' vehicle after shooting them.
They were in a civilian four-wheel drive - part of an armed convoy of two vehicles - while making a routine journey through a main street in Basra.
A fourth soldier remained in hospital in a serious but stable condition last night.
The killings were a second blow for the Red Caps who suffered their worst casualty toll for more than 50 years in June when six soldiers were killed.
Major Titchener, WO Wall and Corporal Pritchard were training Iraq's civilian police force.
Their bodies were expected to be flown home in the next few days.
Troops in Basra are now using helicopters and convoys of road vehicles as a result of the killings.
At home in Britain, a flag remained at half mast at the Royal Military Police's headquarters in Chichester.
A book of condolence has also been opened in the corps museum in Chichester, where a steady stream of flowers has been arriving all day.
Brigadier Maurice Nugent said he was "proud" of the role the men had played in working to resurrect Iraq's civil police.
He said: "The thoughts of all past and present members of the Royal Military Police The Royal Military Police (RMP) is the branch of the British Army responsible for the policing of service personnel and providing a military police presence on service property, operations and exercises. are with the families."
More servicemen have now died in the invasion of Iraq than in the first Gulf War, although less have been killed in combat.