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Two Soldiers Killed in Separate Incidents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2005 – Two U.S. soldiers died Feb. 3 in separate incidents in Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced.

A Task Force Freedom soldier was killed and another was wounded when their convoy was hit with a roadside bomb while on patrol south of Mosul, and a soldier assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force was killed during security and stability operations in northern Babil province.

In other news, Iraqi police detained a terrorist in a mosque early today after he fired on Task Force Danger soldiers and fled into the mosque. The soldiers were working on concrete barriers at an election site when they received rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire. When the assailants fled into the mosque, the soldiers coordinated with Iraqi police to search the mosque. The police detained one suspect with a light machine gun and ammunition. No multinational forces were injured in the attack, officials said.

Soldiers from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained six people in northern Iraq Feb. 3, and soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, detained three suspected terrorists in Huriyah.

A cordon-and-search operation by soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 21st Infantry Regiment, led to the detention of two suspected terrorists, and soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 14th Cavalry Regiment, held two people for curfew violation.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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