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3 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq

May 5, 2006

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ A roadside bomb killed three U.S. soldiers in Iraq on Friday, the military said. The explosion hit their vehicle in a U.S. convoy at about 11:45 a.m. in Babil province south of Baghdad, the U.S. command said.

The names of the soldiers were withheld, pending notification of their relatives.

The attack raised to at least 2,414 the number of members of the U.S. military who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

The U.S. command provided no other details about the attack, but it appeared to have been a roadside bomb explosion that Iraqi police had reported.

Babil Police Capt. Muthana Khalid said a roadside bomb heavily damaged a Humvee in a U.S. military convoy at about 11:30 a.m. near Mahaweel city, 35 miles south of Baghdad. He said two American soldiers were immediately killed by the blast and one was seriously wounded and evacuated for medical treatment.

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