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Explosive Device Wounds Four Americans in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2004 – Four American troops were wounded today near Riyadh, Iraq, by an improvised explosive device.

The soldiers were taken to a coalition medical facility for treatment. All were reported to be in stable condition.

In other news, a car crash near Camp Delta, Iraq, today killed a Ukrainian military officer and injured two others. The accident is being investigated.

Elsewhere, coalition troops shot at and killed one Iraqi civilian and wounded another today when they failed to stop their truck at a traffic checkpoint near Ghalibiyah. Iraqi police took custody of the body of the slain Iraqi, while the injured person was taken to a medical facility for treatment.

On Sept. 28 a coalition air strike in Baghdad's Thawra section destroyed an insurgent-driven vehicle that apparently was carrying rockets. The vehicle blew up, causing several secondary explosions.

Later on Sept. 28, Iraqi police manning a checkpoint outside Baghdad seized a vehicle fitted with an improvised explosive device. The Iraqis defused the bomb and the car was removed for further inspection.

Meanwhile, U.S. Marines patrolling with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit on Sept. 28 found a weapons cache located near Musayyib, Iraq. The Marines also detained three men suspected of knowing about the ordnance stash.

Weapons seized in the operation included three 60 mm mortar systems, seven 82 mm rounds, four 80 mm high-explosive rockets, 147 37 mm rounds, seven rocket- propelled grenades, 10 100 mm high-explosive rounds and 59 fuses.

During the past two months the Marines and Iraqi forces have found 34 weapons caches and nearly 150 improvised explosive devices. More than 35,000 pounds of enemy ordnance has been destroyed in the same period.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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