An Irishman serving with the British Army was killed yesterday in Basra.

The British Ministry of Defence has named him as 28-year old Lance Corporal Ian Malone, from Dublin. He was a member of the Irish Guards.

Earlier, a British military spokesman said most of the city is now in the hands of British forces.

UK military officials are also trying to confirm whether a body they found is that of Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known as Chemical Ali, one of President Saddam Hussein's top commanders.