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Fallujah Mosque Explosion Tied to Bomb-making Class

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2003 – A bomb manufacturing class being taught inside the Al Hasan Mosque in Fallujah was apparently the cause of the early July 1 explosion there, according to U.S. Central Command officials.

Coalition forces had no involvement in the incident, according to an ongoing investigation by coalition troops and local police. U.S. 3rd Infantry Division troops had responded to the incident after a U.S. aircraft had notified officials about the blast, according to CENTCOM.

In other news, one of six American troops wounded during July 1 anti-coalition attacks in Iraq has died, according to a CENTCOM news release.

Assailants attacked the soldier's convoy which was traveling through Baghdad -- with an improvised explosive device, the release noted.

The soldier -- a member of the Army's 352nd Civil Affairs Command was evacuated to the 28th Combat Support Hospital for medical treatment, but succumbed to his wounds. Two other troops were injured in the attack.

The name of the deceased soldier is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Three other Americans serving in Iraq were wounded July 1 in a separate incident, according to Combined Joint Task Force 7 officials.

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