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Two Soldiers Killed, Another Injured in Iraq; Terrorists Detained

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2005 – A soldier from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, died from wounds suffered when his patrol came under attack by terrorists near Balad, Iraq, today, military officials reported.

Another soldier injured in the attack was transported to a nearby medical facility and treated for his wounds.

During the fight, a gunman was quickly killed after throwing a hand grenade at the patrol, and another fled into a nearby building and continued to engage the soldiers with small-arms fire.

U.S. Air Force aircraft were called in and dropped two bombs, killing the remaining gunman and ending the fight. Elsewhere, a Task Force Baghdad soldier was killed when a patrol struck a roadside bomb south of Baghdad today. The soldiers' names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. In other Iraq news, an Iraqi security forces patrol came under small-arms fire Nov. 1 after an IED exploded in Baqubah.

The terrorists fled the area after a coalition forces air support team was called in to assist the patrol. Iraqi soldiers were then able to cordon the area and search the village, taking nine insurgents into custody. Seven Iraqi soldiers were wounded during the engagement.

In Mosul, Iraqi army troops and coalition forces detained eleven suspected insurgents during cordon-and-search operations Nov. 1.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division, and coalition troops conducted the searches with the intent to capture the members of a terrorist cell operating out of a local neighborhood. The cell was believed responsible for terrorizing several neighborhoods with kidnappings and murders as well as a rash of roadside bombings and shooting attacks on coalition forces.

Troops performed coordinated searches of several suspected hideouts and concluded the operation with a total of 11 detainees.

The suspects are being held in custody pending further investigation by authorities.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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