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Man killed in Iraq working for American demining firm

Iraq government troops remove bombs planted in houses and streets in Ramadi’s Husseiba easten district on February 15, 2016, after retaking the city from ISIS.

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BAGHDAD -- An American demining firm says a British contractor was killed while defusing an explosive device in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi.

The firm, Janus Global Operations, announced the death Monday without providing further details. The British Embassy in Baghdad confirmed the incident.

The demining firm began operations in Ramadi in April, after Iraqi forces liberatedthe city from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which left behind thousands of explosive devices.

Dozens of Iraqi civilians have been killed by explosions while trying to return to their homes in the city, much of which was destroyed in the fighting.