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Soldier Killed, Another Injured in IED Attack

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2004 – A 1st Infantry Division soldier was killed and another was injured today after their combat patrol was struck by an improvised explosive device near Salmar Pak, Iraq.

The injured soldier was taken to a Multinational Force Iraq medical treatment facility and was reported to be in stable condition.

A vehicle-borne bomb exploded in western Baghdad near an airport checkpoint this morning. No Multinational Force soldiers were injured in the attack, but early reports indicate some Iraqi civilian casualties.

Four Iraqi children were wounded when insurgent mortar fire struck near a Multinational Force base in Balad Nov. 2. Three of the children were taken to MNF treatment facilities, where one died and the other two were reported to be in stable condition. The fourth child was taken to a civilian hospital in Balad, and no report was available on the child's condition. No MNF casualties or damage to equipment occurred in the attack, officials said.

Iraqi security forces and Multinational Force Iraq continue to "degrade and disrupt anti-Iraqi forces" in coordinated operations in and around Fallujah and Ramadi, an MNF-I statement said. The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force used precision munitions from Marine Corps and Air Force aircraft to destroy targets in southern Fallujah. The 1st MEF also destroyed a known enemy weapons cache and a command post.

Task Force Danger soldiers Nov. 2 detained a man who dropped an AK-47 assault rifle when he saw them and fled into a house near Tuz. While the soldiers were searching the home for contraband, other elements of their unit came under small-arms fire and surrounded a home from which the attack was taking place. Someone in the home called the joint coordination center, said the people in the house were coming out, and asked the center personnel to instruct the soldiers not to shoot.

A man, six women and four children were detained. Soldiers confiscated eight AK-47s, one bolt-action rifle, four pistols, a shotgun, a set of binoculars and ammunition. The women and children were released after questioning by the Tuz police, who detained the man for further questioning.

An Iraqi civilian came to Multinational Force soldiers today and reported that two insurgents accidentally killed themselves after firing two mortars at a military base in southern Mosul. The citizen said that during the attack, the mortar tube the insurgents were using to launch the projectiles exploded, killing them both.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, responded to the scene and discovered the two bodies along with a mortar tube and five 60 mm mortars nearby. No Multinational Force soldiers were injured. Iraqi police secured the scene and are identifying the bodies. The Iraqi citizen who provided the tip will receive a reward, officials said. Multinational Force officials announced today that a notorious car bomber in Mosul has died, the victim of one of his own bombs. Mehdi Achmed Moussa died from burns suffered when one of his car bombs exploded accidentally last week in a southern Mosul market. While he was being treated at a local hospital before his death, three Iraqi citizens identified him as the organizer of car- bomb attacks in the Mosul area during the last few months.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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