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HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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September 27, 2004
Release Number: 04-09-31C


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



TWO 1ST ID SOLDIERS KILLED, ONE WOUNDED NEAR BALAD

TIKRIT, Iraq -Two 1st Infantry Division Soldiers were killed in separate incidents Sept. 27, near Balad.

At about 8:30 a.m., a 1st Infantry Division patrol encountered an Iraqi national truck being driven erratically. The driver of one of the patrol vehicles swerved to avoid a collision, but the vehicle overturned, injuring two Soldiers. The Soldiers were evacuated to a local Multi-National Forces medical facility where one of the Soldiers later died from injuries sustained as a result the incident.

In a separate incident, a 1st Infantry Division Soldier was killed at about 10 a.m. when a patrol returning from the scene of the first incident was attacked with small arms fire by anti-Iraqi forces. The patrol returned fire.

The names of the Soldiers killed are being withheld pending notification of their next of kin.



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