Fallon apologises to families of soldiers killed in Land Rovers in Iraq

Defence secretary says sorry to relatives for delay in introducing better-protected vehicles that ‘could have saved lives’

The defence secretary has apologised to families of British soldiers killed while travelling in Snatch Land Rovers for delays in replacing the lightly armoured vehicles.

In the letter to families seen by the BBC, Michael Fallon said bringing better protected vehicles into service could have saved lives.

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