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Soldier Dies in Attack; 2 Civilians Die in Separate Incident

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2003 – Two incidents in the past day have led to the deaths of one American soldier and two Iraqi civilians who died in an apparent attack on a U.S. checkpoint.

A U.S. soldier, who has not been identified, "was killed by hostile gunfire while traveling on a main supply route" today near Logistics Support Area Anaconda, a U.S. Central Command news release said.

The soldier was evacuated to a military hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In a separate incident late May 28, two Iraqi civilians died "when they attempted to drive their vehicle through a coalition checkpoint" in Samarra, according to another CENTCOM release.

Command officials reported the checkpoint was "well- established and well-lit" and that soldiers fired "numerous warning shots" as the vehicle approached at about 40 mph. The soldiers then fired at the vehicle with a tank-mounted machine gun. Two other civilians in the vehicle were injured and taken to a nearby hospital.

In a deadly week for American soldiers, three other soldiers have been killed and at least 12 wounded in enemy attacks since May 25 in Iraq. Another three deaths and three injuries have been attributed to accidents.

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