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IEDs Kill Five, Injure 16

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2004 – One Task Force Baghdad soldier died and five others were wounded today when an improvised explosive device detonated in western Baghdad, Multinational Force Iraq officials said.

The injured were evacuated to a nearby military medical facility. A two-and-a- half-ton truck was also damaged in the blast.

Earlier in the day, three Iraqi civilians died and six others were wounded when a suspected vehicle-borne IED detonated in central Baghdad.

Two multinational force troops were also wounded in the blast. The injured were evacuated to a nearby military medical facility, according to officials.

Also, two Task Force Baghdad convoys came under IED attack today, neither sustaining casualties.

The first attack occurred when a possible improvised explosive device detonated on a northbound convoy. About 30 minutes later, another patrol reported striking an improvised explosive device in the western portion of Baghdad, officials said.

One armored humvee received minor damage in the second blast.

On Oct. 24, anti-Iraqi forces in the vicinity of Karbala City attacked a convoy from 1st Brigade Combat Team of Multinational Division Central South. One soldier died from injuries sustained in the attack and three other soldiers were wounded, according to officials. The wounded were transported to the Polish Military Hospital in Karbala City.

One vehicle was destroyed in the attack.

First Cavalry Division officials said the newly renovated Al Furat medical clinic in Baghdad was damaged when insurgents hit the structure with unknown caliber explosive munitions Oct. 24.

Two offices were destroyed, 10 doors were destroyed and 60 windows were blown out due to explosions. There were no injuries in the attack.

Task Force Baghdad civil military operations specialists will conduct an assessment of the damage to the clinic, which was renovated to service tens of thousands of residents in the Al Rashid district. A spokesman for the task force called this attack a step backward for Al Rashid residents.

"This medical clinic is desperately needed in the area," said Lt. Col. James Hutton, 1st Cavalry Division spokesman. "Insurgent attacks only thwart progress and prosperity for the Iraqi people."

Hutton said it remains the division's focus to restore essential services to the people of Baghdad. "We are determined to help bring the people of Baghdad a better, safer and healthier life," Hutton said.

All incidents are under investigation.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Iraq Ministry of Defense news releases.)

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