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Baghdad Bombings Kill One U.S. Soldier, Wound 13

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2004 – A series of car bombings in Baghdad today killed one American soldier and wounded 13 others. The bombings also killed at least two Iraqi policemen and reportedly injured scores of other Iraqis.

A rocket attack at a logistics support area outside Baghdad killed one soldier assigned to Multinational Force Iraq and wounded another seven. No further details were available on this incident.

The first car-bomb attack occurred mid-morning near a checkpoint in western Baghdad. A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated, killing one U.S. soldier and wounding three others. This attack killed two Iraqi police officers and wounded 10 other Iraqis. A U.S. Army Bradley fighting vehicle was damaged in the attack.

Later in the day, between 1 and 1:30 p.m., three car bombs exploded near a U.S. convoy traveling through western Baghdad. Ten U.S. soldiers were injured in that attack. Eight of the wounded servicemembers received medical treatment and were released, and two other more seriously wounded soldiers were evacuated to a medical facility.

Numerous Iraqi casualties were also reported. Civilian media reports have put the total at around 45, most of them children.

The multiple-bomb assault on the U.S. convoy reportedly occurred near a group of Iraqis observing the opening of a new neighborhood sewage system.

"The attacks today are clearly those of a desperate enemy," U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division spokesman Lt. Col. James Hutton noted in a news release. "There is no conceivable justification for attacking innocent Iraqi citizens who were celebrating the opening of a water-pump station."

The series of attacks "puts on display the fact that the enemy is dedicated only to destroying the future of the Iraqi people," he said.

In other news from Iraq, multinational forces conducted a successful precision air strike early this morning on a suspected terrorist "safe house" in northeast Fallujah. Intelligence reports identified the building as a gathering place for members of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terror network.

Military officials in Baghdad disputed a CNN International report from Sept. 29 that said aircraft from Multinational Force Iraq dropped bombs on a civilian building in Baghdad. U.S. officials said no coalition planes have dropped ordnance within Ramadi's city limits for more than a month, and that anti-Iraqi forces are responsible for the attack.

Such forces are making a "concerted effort to place blame on MNF personnel for their recent string of attacks aimed at intimidating innocent civilians," officials said in a statement.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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