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FRIEDBERG, Germany — Three 1st Armored Division soldiers from Giessen, Germany, died in combat over the weekend, the U.S. military announced late Sunday.

The soldiers, who were assigned to an engineer unit, were killed Saturday in “new fighting,” while operating in Iraq’s Anbar province, according to a news release from Multi-National Corps, Iraq.

As of Monday afternoon, the Defense Department had yet to release the names of the soldiers because of the family notification process.

The soldiers were with the 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st AD, said Maj. Tony Perry, the rear detachment commander in Friedberg.

Located in Giessen, the engineering battalion supports the brigade in Friedberg.

The incident happened late Saturday afternoon in Ramadi, Perry said.

Perry said it was a roadside bomb.

“They were doing some combat operations when they stuck a [bomb],” he said.

No further details of the incident were available.

Since the 1st AD left for Iraq a year ago, at least 49 soldiers have died, most from injuries sustained in battle.

The 1st Brigade has suffered at least 21 deaths so far, according to military statistics.

Of those deaths, most involved Friedberg-based soldiers.

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