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Three US troops die in Iraq at Christmas

One soldier is killed and two others wounded when a roadside bomb explodes alongside one of their vehicles.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2006 01:12 IST

One US soldier was killed in a Baghdad bomb attack on Christmas Day while another two troops died on Christmas Eve from wounds sustained during fighting, the US military announced on Tuesday.

One soldier was killed and two others wounded on Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded alongside one of their vehicles while their unit was patrolling a southern neighbourhood of the Iraqi capital, a statement said.

One marine and one soldier died on Monday (Christmas Eve) "from wounds sustained due to enemy action while operating in Al-Anbar province," said another statement, providing no further details.

The latest deaths bring the number of US fatalities in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion to 2,969, according to an AFP count based on Pentagon figures.