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Final call from ITN veteran reporter.

WAR correspondent Terry Lloyd was heading towards "friendly forces" when he was killed in crossfire in Iraq, an inquest heard yesterday.

The last his ITN bosses heard from him was the night before when he told them he had carried out a recce to check the safety of the area he was to drive into with the cameramen and translator.

The veteran newsman had crossed the border from Kuwait just days after hostilies began in March 2003 and had holed up for the night in an abandoned farmhouse near Uma Qasr.

Jonathon Munro, who was ITN's head of news gathering, told the Oxford inquest that Lloyd had phoned London the next day and

Daily Record Thursday, October 5, 2006 said that he was taking his translator Hussein Osman on a recce, leaving cameramen Fred Nerac and Daniel Demoustier behind.

Munro said: "He and Hussein would take one vehicle to do a reconnaissance of the immediate area to the north of the farmhouse further up the road towards Basra.

"He very deliberately didn't take Fred or Danny because he wanted to ensure it was a single vehicle and not a convoy."

He later phoned the newsroom and said they had found "friendly coalition forces" and would spend that night with them.

The next day news broke that father-of-two Lloyd, Osman and Nerac had been killed. Demoustier survived after crashing his 4x4 and hiding in a ditch.

Lloyd is thought to have been shot in the shoulder in crossfire between US and Iraqi troops.

It was reported he survived and was being taken to hospital in a minibus by an Iraqi when it was strafed by an US helicopter.

The hearing continues.

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