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US Soldier Killed in Attack Against Convoy in Iraq - 2004-01-25


Another American soldier has died in Iraq following a nighttime attack against a military convoy in the central part of the country. That brings to at least 10 the number of Americans and Iraqis killed in four attacks in central Iraq on Saturday.

U.S. military officials say the soldier died Sunday of wounds suffered when his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade late Saturday in the town of Beiji, north of Baghdad.

Officials say soldiers returned fire and captured several suspected assailants.

Saturday was a particularly bloody day for U.S. troops in the so-called Sunni triangle, where most of the attacks against coalition forces and Iraqis cooperating with them have occurred.

Earlier Saturday, car bombings in the towns of Khaldiya and Samarra left three American soldiers and four Iraqis dead. And, a roadside bombing aimed at a military convoy in Fallujah killed two U.S. soldiers.

Security sweeps continue in central Iraq. A military spokeswoman said soldiers raided several locations in Baqouba and detained dozens of men suspected in anti-coalition activities. She also said troops confiscated rifles and other weapons.

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