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Soldier Killed in Attack; Marines Kill Would-be Bomber

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26, 2005 – A Task Force Baghdad soldier was killed today when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his vehicle while on patrol in Baghdad, military officials reported.

The soldier's name is being withheld until next of kin are notified.

Also today, U.S. Marines killed a would-be suicide bomber at an entry control point in central Fallujah.

The terrorist, armed with an explosive vest filled with ball bearings, detonated the bomb as he approached the checkpoint, but the vest only partially exploded, officials said. As the bomber tried to detonate the rest of the explosives, he was killed by Marine gunfire.

No Iraqi or U.S. military personnel were injured, but one civilian was reported wounded in the attack.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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