A SOUTH Wales man has been killed in Iraq after the vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a rocket grenade.
Bob Morgan, 63, originally from Merthyr Tydfil, died after the attack in Baghdad on Monday.
He was killed when the bullet-proof 4x4 vehicle in which he was travelling was hit just 50 yards from the entrance of the US-led coalition headquarters.
Mr Morgan, who had been living in Buckinghamshire, was a retired senior project director for BP working on a six-month contract for the Foreign Office.
He was on secondment to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) advising Ibrahim al-Uloom, the Iraqi oil minister.
Friends in Merthyr Tydfil today said they could not believe the news of his death.
Barrie Lewis, from Cefn Coed, Merthyr Tydfil, said Mr Morgan was like a brother to him.
"He was such a good friend and worked hard at keeping his friendships," said Mr Lewis, who kept in touch via weekly e-mails. Mr Morgan had lived at Lancaster Terrace, Merthyr Tydfil, where his late father William was chief evaluation officer for the local authority.
The friends attended Merthyr County Grammar School and Mr Morgan went on to King's College, London, gained his degree and became a chemical engineer. He worked at Panteg Steelworks, later moved to Aberdeen then moved to London to work for British Petroleum.
He stayed with the oil giant for 30 years, becoming its chief production manager.
Mr Morgan lived with his Irish-born wife Vivien and son Adam, 28, at Tylersgreen, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
Mr Lewis said he understood attempts were still being made to try to contact Adam, who is on holiday in Cyprus. Mr Morgan had been in Iraq since January.
Last week, civilian security worker Andrew Harries, 33, from Llwydcoed, Aberdare, was shot when a gunman ambushed his car. His inquest is due to open today and his funeral takes place on Friday.