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Iraq: U.S. Soldier Killed In Grenade Attack


Baghdad, 22 June 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. military says one U.S. soldier was killed and another was wounded in a grenade attack on a military convoy south of Baghdad today. The attack was in Khan Azad, some 20 kilometers south of Baghdad.

The incident comes after the U.S. military said that an oil pipeline exploded and caught fire late yesterday near the town of Hit, some 140 kilometers northwest of Baghdad.

The military did not say what caused the explosion, but an Iraqi Oil Ministry official called the explosion an act of sabotage.

There were no reports of casualties. The fire is still blazing.

Iraq today returned to the world oil market, exporting its first crude oil since the start of the U.S.-led war to topple Saddam Hussein.

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