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3 coalition soldiers killed in another 'suicide attack'

A car exploded near a checkpoint in Iraq, killing the three soldiers, a pregnant woman and car's driver.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2003 01:13 IST

A car exploded near coalition checkpoint in Iraq, killing three coalition soldiers, a pregnant woman and the car's driver, US Central Command said on Friday.

A Central Command spokesman said it appeared to be a suicide attack.

In a statement, Central Command said the incident occurred last evening about 18 kilometres southwest of the Haditha Dam, when a civilian vehicle approached a coalition checkpoint. The dam is northwest of Baghdad, about 130 kilometres from the Iraq-Syria border.

"A pregnant female stepped out of the vehicle and began screaming in fear," a statement said. "At this point the civilian vehicle exploded, killing three coalition force members who were approaching the vehicle, and wounding two others.

First Published: Apr 04, 2003 18:11 IST