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Shot Briton's warning.

A briton killed while working in Iraq as a security guard warned friends the situation was worsening only hours earlier.

Former soldier Michael Bloss, 38, wrote in an email that he feared being overrun and might have to fight his way to safety. He was dead the next morning.

Mr Bloss sent the message to friends at a Colorado ski resort where he taught disabled people to ski.

Colleagues at the Winter Park resort, 30 miles west of Denver, heard on Thursday that Mr Bloss had been killed that day in a battle near the town of Hit as he worked to protect civilian contractors.

The previous day, he had emailed them: "We are expecting to be overrun tonight, and we may have to fight our way to a safe haven. Unfortunately all the safe havens are already under attack. I don't wish to alarm you. We'll probably be OK! I'll email when I'm safe."

His father Peter, of Bridgend, south Wales, said his son had got the contractors to safety, but was then shot.

Mr Bloss, whose wife died last year, said his son had worked in Colorado as a ski instructor since leaving the Parachute Regiment several years ago.

At the end of the season he was taken on as a security guard and was sent to Iraq.

He said: "It is devastating, especially after losing my wife and my brother, and now my son, in less than a year."
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 10, 2004
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