A Midland soldier and his colleague were unlawfully killed in Iraq when their vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, an inquest heard yesterday.
Gunner David Lawrence, aged 25, of 1st Battalion Royal Horse Artillery, whose family is from Walsall, was driving a Land Rover in a convoy on a dual carriageway in Basra last September when it was targeted.
He and his passenger, 27-year-old Corporal Marc Taylor, of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers then attached to the Royal Horse Artillery, were both killed in the ambush, the hearing at Oxford's Old Assizes was told
The grenade is believed to have been fired by a civilian, possibly hiding in nearby houses, the inquest heard.
The explosive, of the armour-piercing variety, is used against tanks. The Land Rover stood no chance, Sergeant Martyn Rowland, who examined the wreckage, said.
It is thought the grenade entered the passenger side, travelling across to the driver's side.
The cause of both deaths was given as blast injuries caused by an explosion.
David Lawrence, the father of Gunner Lawrence, said: "We got the verdict we expected."