Attacks Kill Three U.S. Soldiers, Others Wounded
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2004 Attacks by insurgents killed three U.S. soldiers and a civilian contractor, and injured several others and Iraqi civilians in incidents June 5-6, according U.S. Central Command officials. Another soldier died from noncombat related causes.
A soldier with the 13th Corps Support Command was killed, and another injured June 6 after a mortar attack on their base camp near Baghdad. They were both initially evacuated to medical facilities, where one later died.
A Task Force Baghdad soldier died June 6 from noncombat-related causes, according to a CENTCOM press release.
The soldier reportedly collapsed and stopped breathing while performing guard duty.
Medics attempted to resuscitate and stabilize the soldier at the scene. The individual was later transported to a nearby aid station, and then to a military hospital. The soldier was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Two more soldiers were killed in Baghdad by an improvised explosive device June 5. Two other soldiers were injured in the attack.
A separate attack at an Iraqi military recruiting station June 5 injured at least eight Iraqi civilians and a security guard. CENTCOM reported that attackers fired at least one rocket-propelled grenade and small arms at the station located in the Nabi Younis neighborhood.
Security personnel at the recruiting station returned fire, but it is unknown whether any of the attackers were wounded or killed.
The attackers fled in two vehicles, according to CENTCOM officials.
An Iraqi civilian was wounded June 5 when three attackers threw hand grenades at attendees of a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the surgical suite at the Tall Afar General Hospital. Coalition soldiers from 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, attending the ceremony returned fire, wounding one attacker and capturing the others.
Meanwhile, one civilian contract driver was killed, and a U.S. soldier was injured after an IED attack on a convoy near Haditha June 5. The soldier, assigned to the 13th Corps Support Command, Fort Hood, Texas, was evacuated by air to the 31st Combat Support Hospital and further evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
The names of U.S. soldiers killed are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The Army is investigating the attacks.
In other news, 1st Infantry Division soldiers from 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, detained two individuals while on patrol near Baqubah June 6. The patrol stopped the individuals and confiscated a pistol, cellular phone and a weapons card that was not signed by Coalition forces. The two individuals were taken to a Coalition detention facility for questioning.
Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, detained four individuals suspected of conducting mortar attacks against coalition forces. The four were detained during a cordon-and-search operation in a neighborhood on the north side of Mosul, according to a Central Command press release.
Also in Mosul, Iraqi police discovered a suspected improvised explosive device near a major bridge north of the city. They reported the incident to the 293rd Military Police Company. An Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal team confirmed it was a surface land mine and destroyed it.
Coalition forces found two other unexploded ordnance pieces June 5. Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, recovered a 105 mm artillery shell north of Mosul. In southwest Mosul, an explosive ordnance team destroyed an unexploded mortar round that was discovered by soldiers from the 296th Brigade Support earlier that day.
Elsewhere, Navy Seabees at Camp Fallujah have begun training young Iraqis through an innovative program called Iraqi Construction Apprentice Program.
The program teaches construction skills the Iraqis can take back to their communities to foster self-sufficiency and a more prosperous future. Officials say the program will go a long way in helping to rebuild the country.