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Soldier Aboard C-130 Killed, Another Dies in Rocket Attack

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers were killed today in Iraq, coalition military officials in Baghdad announced.

A coalition C-130 Hercules transport aircraft leaving Baghdad International Airport about 5 p.m. was hit by small-arms fire, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Multinational Force Iraq deputy operations director, said in a written statement issued by the coalition press office. A soldier aboard the aircraft was wounded. The aircraft returned to the airport. The soldier received medical treatment, but later died. The C-130 was not significantly damaged, Kimmitt's statement said.

Another soldier was killed in a rocket attack two hours earlier at a coalition base in Baghdad, the press office announced.

The names of both soldiers are being withheld until their families are notified.

Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division and an explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed an improvised explosive device near Baqubah this morning, the press office reported. The soldiers discovered an artillery round connected to a keyless car remote device. No casualties were reported during the detonation.

An Iraqi citizen turned in 110 anti-personnel mines and two anti-tank mines to the 1st Infantry Division the evening of June 26, the coalition press office reported today. Soldiers secured the mines for destruction.

The press office also reported today that Iraqi police and area hospitals now report that 23 people were killed and 58 were wounded after two car bombs exploded near the former Saddam Hussein mosque in Hillah the night of June 26. Earlier reports had set the death toll at 40.

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