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Five Soldiers Killed In Attacks

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2003 - Five U.S. soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded as the result of insurgent attacks in Iraq, according to U.S. Central Command reports.

A U.S. Army 1st Armored Division soldier was killed and six others were wounded today when a vehicle exploded around 8:30 a.m. near Al Bayra Police Station in Baghdad.

In another Baghdad incident, an 18th Military Police Brigade soldier was killed Oct 26 during a 10:30 p.m. mortar attack at Abu Ghuraib prison that also wounded two other American troops.

About a half-hour earlier, an improvised explosive device killed two 1st Armored Division soldiers on a patrol in Baghdad, CENTCOM reported. The explosion injured two other soldiers.

All the wounded troops were evacuated to the 28th Combat Support Hospital for treatment.

Also, an American soldier died during the early morning rocket attack Oct. 26 on the Al Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad. The attack also injured at least 15 other people. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz, who was staying at the hotel at the time of the attack, escaped harm.

A U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division soldier was killed Oct. 26 around 1:15 a.m. from a nonhostile gunshot wound in Baqubah, CENTCOM reported. The soldier was taken to a medical treatment facility, but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The soldiers' names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. All incidents are under investigation.