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U.S. Soldier Killed in IED Attack; Two Insurgents Detained

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2005 – A U.S. soldier died April 17 from wounds received when an improvised explosive devise detonated south of Baghdad, Iraq. A second soldier was injured during the same attack.

The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In other Iraq news, U.S. soldiers on patrol today located an insurgent observation point in the Abu Ghraib market area and discovered two improvised-explosive-device initiators during a search of the site.

Also today, Task Force Liberty soldiers found two artillery rounds and additional fuel in the trunk of an abandoned vehicle along a highway northwest of Jalula, in eastern Diyala province. The vehicle was destroyed in place.

In operations over the weekend, Task Force Baghdad soldiers operating on a tip from an Iraqi teenager April 16 discovered a safe house used by anti-Iraqi forces in western Baghdad. The soldiers took one alleged terrorist into custody.

Inside the safe house, soldiers also found two sets of U.S. desert camouflage uniforms, one rocket-propelled-grenade sight and terrorist propaganda. The suspected terrorist was detained and questioned at the site before being taken to an internment facility for further questioning.

"It has taken six months to develop a rapport with the people in our area. This is just an example of how people are starting to feel safe and secure enough to provide us with information," Army Capt. Aaron Duplechin, commander of Company A, 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, said in discussing the tip that led to the capture.

Later the same day, another terrorist suspect was apprehended when Task Force Baghdad soldiers at a checkpoint observed a hand-grenade explosion. Upon investigating the incident, the soldiers found an Iraqi man who first tried to flee, then later became violent when apprehended. The man tested positive for explosives residue and was taken to an internment facility.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq press releases.)

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