Two more South Africans were killed in Iraq on Tuesday, the department of foreign affairs confirmed on Wednesday in Pretoria.
Foreign affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said the government was still trying to gather details concerning the attack. He said, however, that the two men had been employed by Omega Risk Solutions, Iraq.
This brings to 11 the number of South Africans killed in Iraq this year.
An official in the South African embassy in Oman, Jordan, said they were aware of the deaths but that the bodies had already been taken to the embassy in Kuwait before being flown back to South Africa.
Omega Risk Solutions' West African and Middle East manager, Cobus de Kock, said Johan Botha, 37, and Louis Campher, 43 were killed in an attack at 6.30am South African time on Tuesday while travelling from one construction sight to another, 11km south of Baghdad.