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U.S. Soldier Killed on Patrol; Bomb Claims 10 Iraqis at Mosque

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2005 – A Task Force Baghdad soldier was killed Dec. 22 by roadside bomb while on patrol in Baghdad, and 10 Iraqis, including a policeman, were killed and four others were wounded in a suicide bombing today in Balad Ruz, military officials announced.

The name of the soldier killed in the roadside bomb attack is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The suicide bomb victims were at a Shiia mosque when the bomber rode his bicycle into the mosque's courtyard. Unable to get into the building, he detonated the bomb in the courtyard. The blast caused minor structural damage to the building and destroyed the courtyard wall, officials said. Emergency medical teams from the city and soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, provided medical treatment for the wounded. The soldiers also secured the area as medical teams treated the victims.

Friday is the holy day in the Muslim faith, and it's likely the terrorist chose his place and time of attack on the Iraqi people to inflict the most damage, Multinational Force Iraq officials said.

The attack comes one month after terrorists bombed two mosques in the city of Khanaqin, killing or injuring more than 150 Iraqis.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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