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3 U.S. Soldiers Killed, 7 Ukrainians Wounded in Iraq

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2003 – Two soldiers were killed and one was wounded Oct. 28 when their Abrams main battle tank struck a land mine or a roadside improvised explosive device, Combined Joint Task Force 7 officials in Baghdad, Iraq, said today.

The men were members of the 4th Infantry Division. The attack occurred about 40 miles northeast of the city of Balad.

DoD officials said it was the first main battle tank disabled since the end of major combat May 1.

News reports said that seven Ukrainian troops were wounded in the first ambush targeting members of the Multinational Division Central-South. Based in Hillah, the Polish-led division has soldiers from 19 countries.

A multinational division spokesman said the division soldiers have been involved in firefights before, but this was the first one in which they suffered casualties. The incident occurred when mines disabled two armored personnel carriers. When the Ukrainian troops left the vehicle, they were fired upon. There were no reports of enemy casualties, the multinational division spokesman said.

A 1st Armored Division soldier was killed and six were wounded in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Baghdad Oct. 27. No details were available on the attack.

The casualty figures from an Oct. 28 car bombing in Fallujah have been set at four dead and two wounded. Coalition officials said the bomber was unable to get past security at the local police station or near the mayor's office, and chose to detonate the car bomb about midway between the two facilities.

Coalition officials said the uptick in attacks has operations planners assessing and reassessing the security situation throughout the country.

Names of U.S. casualties are being withheld until families are notified.

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