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Three U.S. Soldiers, Two Iraqi Citizens Killed in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2006 – Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers and two Iraqi citizens were killed and injured today by roadside bombs near Baghdad, U.S. officials announced.

The soldiers were killed when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb northwest of Baghdad.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The incident is currently under investigation.

And terrorists detonated another roadside bomb today that killed an Iraqi adult and a child, and wounded seven other children south of Baghdad, military officials said.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, arrived at the scene and called for a medical evacuation unit to transport the victims to a nearby U.S. hospital.

A witness to the incident told authorities the bomb struck an Iraqi vehicle, reportedly killing the driver instantly and a child playing nearby. The seven other children were also injured in the blast.

The witness also reported he saw a terrorist fleeing the area shortly after the blast occurred.

Iraqi authorities are investigating the incident.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)

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