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Iraq: U.S. Soldier Killed, Polish Troops Fired Upon

Baghdad, 26 August 2003 (RFE/RL) -- A U.S. soldier was killed and two others wounded today in an explosion in the town of Hamariyah, northwest of Baghdad. The U.S. Central Command said the soldiers' convoy was hit by a roadside explosive device.

The incident came as U.S. military released a statement saying that 138 U.S. troops have been killed since major combat was declared over in the Iraqi on 1 May -- the same number as were killed during the war.

U.S. troops were continuing operations in the town of Khalis, north of Baghdad, where soldiers detained more than 20 suspected members of a crime ring.

Meanwhile, the Polish Defense Ministry today said that Polish troops in Iraq had been attacked twice during the last two days, but no injuries were reported.

In another development, the United Nations announced that the funeral of Sergio Vieira de Mello will be held on 28 August in Geneva. Vieira de Mello, the UN's top envoy in Iraq, was among at least 23 people who died in a bomb attack on the UN's headquarters in Baghdad last week.