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LONDON, England (CNN) -- British television reporter Terry Lloyd is dead and his body believed to be in a Basra hospital, under Iraqi control, broadcaster ITN said Sunday.

Two members of his team, Belgian cameraman Fred Nerac and Hussein Osman, a translator from Lebanon, remain missing, ITN said in a statement. A fourth crew member, Daniel Demoustier, was injured in Saturday's incident at Iman Anas, near Basrabut, but was able to get to safety.

London-based ITN said Lloyd, 51, and his team apparently were fired on by forces from the U.S.-led coalition while driving toward coalition lines, accompanied by vehicles driven by Iraqis, including a truck filled with soldiers. ITN said the Iraqis might have been intending to surrender.

The statement said: "ITN has received sufficient evidence to believe that ITV news correspondent Terry Lloyd was killed in an incident on the southern Iraq war front yesterday."

It added: "The ITN team came under fire, apparently from coalition forces, outside Basra. Iraqi ambulances took a number of dead and injured from the area into Basra and locally-based journalists have given ITN information which leaves no doubt that Terry Lloyd's body was among the dead."

ITN, which provides the news for Britain's ITV network, said it believed the other missing members of the crew had also been taken to Basra and efforts were continuing to locate them.

Lloyd had been with ITN for 20 years and was ITV's longest serving reporter. He is the first journalist killed on assignment in ITN's 48-year history, the UK Press Association said.

He was the first reporter inside the Iraqi town of Halabjah in 1988 after Iraqi President Saddam Hussein attacked Kurds there with chemical weapons. He had also reported from Kosovo, Bosnia and Yugoslavia,

ITN Chief Executive Stewart Purvis said: "Terry was brave, he was determined and he was safety conscious. He was a lovely guy."

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