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The U.S. military announced the deaths of at least eight servicemembers on Tuesday, saying four of them had been killed in an explosion in Diyala province.

Three others were killed when a roadside bomb struck their patrol south of Baghdad, and one soldier was killed in a separate instance when his patrol was targeted by a powerful roadside bomb capable of penetrating armor.

In one attack, “four Task Force Lightning soldiers died as a result of injuries sustained from an explosion while conducting combat operations in Diyala province Monday,” according to a military news release.

Twelve other soldiers were wounded in the incident. They were taken to a military medical facility with minor injuries and returned to duty the same day, officials said.

Military officials refused to provide any more details of the incident, including more specific information on when, where, or how the deaths occurred.

“At this time we are only prepared to release the information contained in the press release,” said Master Sgt. David Rhodes, a spokesman with Multi-National Division-North. “Undoubtedly there will be more information once the families have been notified and DoD puts out a follow-up release.”

In the second announcement, the military said three soldiers assigned to Task Force Marne were killed when a roadside bomb struck their convoy on Saturday south of Baghdad.

There was no explanation of why the deaths were not announced until Tuesday.

In the other announcement Tuesday, military officials said one soldier was killed and another wounded on Monday when their vehicle was hit by an explosively formed penetrator, or EFP, in west Baghdad.

Those soldiers were assigned to Multi-National Division-Baghdad, officials said.

Since the beginning of August, there have been 19 U.S. deaths.


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