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Two U.S. Soldiers Killed, Terror Suspects Nabbed in Baghdad

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2005 – Two U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq died today from explosions, while recent U.S. raids in and around Baghdad yielded 18 suspected terrorists and contraband ordnance.

A Task Force Liberty soldier died of injuries sustained when a combat patrol struck a mine near Bayji at about 12 p.m., Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.

And a Task Force Baghdad soldier was killed when a patrol struck an improvised explosive device at 8 a.m. in central Baghdad, officials said.

Names of the deceased soldiers are being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin. Both incidents are under investigation.

Also, Task Force Liberty soldiers today captured a man responsible for an improvised explosive attack on a U.S. patrol in Ad Duluiyah. The soldiers responded quickly, wounding the attacker.

Three U.S. soldiers were hurt in the attack and were transported to a coalition medical facility for treatment and later returned to duty, officials said.

Also, American soldiers continued clearing roadside bombs and detaining suspected terrorists during recent operations around the Baghdad area.

At 12:30 a.m. Sept. 30, members of a Task Force Baghdad patrol saw two individuals placing a roadside bomb on a highway south of Baghdad. The soldiers fired on the individuals, who then fled the scene. The area was cordoned off and an explosive ordnance disposal team safely destroyed the anti-tank landmine.

Around 9 p.m. Sept. 29, a Task Force Baghdad patrol found an improvised explosive device on a highway in west Baghdad. An ordnance disposal team safely cleared the bomb from the site. Two suspects were detained for questioning in connection with the IED.

Elsewhere, after setting up a random control point in northeast Baghdad, U.S. soldiers stopped four suspicious vehicles around 11:55 p.m. Sept. 29. Upon searching the car, the soldiers discovered terrorist propaganda, 10 Iraqi Police badges and six police-issue Glock pistols. Twelve suspects were detained for questioning.

About 10 minutes later, another vehicle was stopped at the same checkpoint. The four occupants of the car were discovered to have Iraqi government badges, three AK-47 assault rifles and one Glock pistol. The Iraqi police detained the four individuals for questioning.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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