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Two U.S. Soldiers Die, One in Ambush

July 28, 2003

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ One U.S. soldier was killed in an ambush in Baghdad Monday and a second died in a traffic accident south of the capital, the military reported.

In the combat death in central Baghdad, the soldier died and three were injured when an attacker dropped a grenade on a convoy from an overpass, the military said.

That death brought to 49 the number of soldiers killed in a guerrilla war since May 1, when U.S. President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat in Iraq. In all, 164 U.S. soldiers have died in combat in Iraq, 17 more than were killed in the 1991 Gulf War.

It took the military hours to confirm the attack had happened. Witnesses had given reporters varying accounts much earlier in the day, saying at least three U.S. soldiers were injured or killed in the attack.

``I saw at least two injured soldiers, then I saw the third one who was thrown out of the car. They (others soldiers) pulled him under the car,″ said witness Alim Naati.

Shihab Ahmed, who owns a nearby flower shop, said he was told all the soldiers died.

The witnesses said the victims were in canvass-top Humvee moving along Palestine Street in central Baghdad.

Later Monday, the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, reported the vehicle accident near the southern city of Nasiriyah in which the second soldier died and one was injured.

The military provided no other details on either incident.

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