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Three Servicemembers Killed During Weekend Attacks in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2005 – Improvised explosive devices claimed the lives of three servicemembers during weekend violence in Iraq, military officials in Baghdad reported.

A Task Force Baghdad soldier died this morning when an IED detonated near a patrol in eastern Baghdad.

The previous day, similar attacks killed two servicemembers. Those deaths include a sailor assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) who died after an IED attack near Fallujah.

Also, a soldier assigned to the 155th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) was killed after an IED exploded next to a military convoy near al Haswah.

The names of those servicemembers killed are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In other developments:

Task Force Liberty soldiers detained four individuals suspected of an IED attack on a combat patrol near a village southeast of Baqubah today. Soldiers searched the area after the IED detonated ineffectively and found a set of wires leading into the village of Jasim Abu Habbah.

The four suspects detained at the village were found with a detonator, and all tested positive for recent exposure to high explosives.

Also in northern Iraq, in and around Mosul, multiple joint operations between Iraqi security and multinational forces led to the arrest of 24 suspected terrorists this weekend. During those operations, a number of weapons and explosive devices were seized. Military officials reported no injuries among Iraqi or multinational forces during the joint operations.

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