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U.S. Soldier, Iraqi Children Killed in Car Bomb Attack

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2005 – A Task Force Baghdad soldier and several Iraq children were killed today during a car-bomb attack in east Baghdad, military officials reported.

Three U.S. soldiers were wounded in the attack that happened around 11 a.m. At least two critically wounded children were evacuated to a U.S. Army hospital.

According to Task Force Baghdad soldiers at the site, a vehicle laden with explosives drove up to a Humvee and detonated. Many Iraqi civilians, mostly children, were around the vehicle at the time of the blast.

The blast also set a nearby house on fire. Iraqi police and firefighters responded to the blaze and immediately began evacuating the wounded to nearby hospitals.

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

The military is investigating the incident.

Near Kirkuk today, Task Force Liberty soldiers found and destroyed a large number of artillery rounds including 28 155 mm rounds, 13 105 mm rounds, two 130 mm rounds and one 110 mm round. In other news, the military reported that two individuals were detained after their vehicle tried to run down Task Force Baghdad soldiers near Balad July 12.

The unit reported the vehicle originally tried to merge with the combat patrol, but stopped after being signaled to pull over.

When soldiers approached, the driver sped straight toward them. The soldiers then fired on the vehicle, wounding the passenger, who was taken to a coalition medical facility. The driver was detained for questioning.

There were no injures reported in the incident.

(Compiled for Multinational Force Iraq and Task Force Baghdad news releases.)

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