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Blast Kills U.S. Soldier; Reporter Detained in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2005 – An American soldier in Iraq was killed today when an improvised explosive device blew up near Hawijah, in Kirkuk province.

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

In other news, officials reported today multinational forces detained an individual who was injured April 6 when coalition forces returned fire after receiving enemy small-arms fire.

The detained individual was carrying press credentials from CBS News and was standing next to an armed insurgent who was killed during the firefight.

The U.S. military is conducting an investigation into the detained individual's previous activities as well as his alleged support of anti-Iraqi government activities.

"There is probable cause to believe that (the detainee) poses an imperative threat to coalition forces," a U.S. military statement said. "He is currently detained ... and will be processed as any other security detainee."

Elsewhere, U.S. troops escaped injury during an April 7 IED attack near Tarmiya, Iraq. A vehicle raced away from the scene of the attack, but was intercepted by U.S. personnel shortly after the explosion.

The U.S. soldiers detained three Iraqi males and found a video camcorder as well as a remote detonating device. The video contained footage of the alleged terrorists manufacturing an IED and scouting locations to attack U.S. convoys.

U.S. troops detained five suspected terrorists during operations in northern Iraq April 7.

Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment detained two known terrorists in northern Mosul and two individuals carrying a case of small-arms ammunition and a large amount of cash in an area northwest of Mosul.

Also, soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, apprehended a known insurgent now in Multinational Force Iraq custody.

Coordinated efforts between Iraqi security forces, multinational forces and concerned citizens who provide tips for security sources have resulted in a trend toward improved security, officials said.

(Compiled from multinational force news releases.)

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