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American Forces Press Service

Latvian Soldier, Iraqi Civilians Wounded; Iraqi Soldiers Find Bomb

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2006 A Latvian soldier and Iraqi civilians were injured in Iraq in separate incidents and Iraqi security forces found a bomb in Fallujah, U.S. military officials reported.

The Latvian guard was injured by small-arms fire today in al Kut when unidentified gunmen fired at an observation post in the Multinational Division Central South area of responsibility. The guards returned fire.

The wounded soldier was transported to a military medical facility, where his condition is stable.

Five Iraqi citizens were injured Jan. 19 when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device near Forward Operating Base Summerall in Siniyah, officials reported.

Coalition forces and Iraqi police responded to the attack and administered medical aid. The injured Iraqis were evacuated to a hospital in Bayji. The attack occurred on a route frequented by local civilian traffic, but seldom used by coalition forces, officials said.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division, discovered a bomb in a rice bag along the side of the road while on patrol Jan. 19 in northwestern Fallujah.

A cordon was established around the bomb while troops searched for secondary explosives and the possible triggermen.

An explosive ordnance disposal team disarmed the bomb with no injuries or damages.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news releases.)


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