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U.S. Soldier, Marine Killed in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2005 – A U.S. soldier assigned to Task Force Liberty died today near Bayji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated at around 6:45 p.m. local time. No further details were available.

The soldier's death comes a day after a U.S. Marine was killed by an explosion in Hadithah. The deceased Marine was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force.

The names of both deceased servicemembers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In other news, Multinational Corps Iraq today announced the results of an inquiry into a March 4 friendly-fire incident in which a Bulgarian soldier was killed southeast of Ad Diwanyah.

Junior Sgt. Gurdi Gurdev was killed when U.S. and Bulgarian forces fired on each other in response to what each believed to be an enemy attack.

"This was a tragic accident," the command noted in a press release. "And the men and women of Multinational Force Iraq extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Junior Sergeant Gurdi Gurdev."

Also today in Iraq, Task Force Liberty soldiers detained five civilians with rocket-propelled grenades, RPG launchers, and improvised-explosive-device materials after a civilian tip led to a raid near Bayji.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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