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5/20/05- Baghdad

U-S Soldier, two children killed in Iraq violence

A U-S soldier has been killed in a vehicle accident caused by roadside bomb attack north of Baghdad.

A military statement says the soldier, from First Corps Support Command, was attacked during a patrol at about midnight Friday, 12 miles north of Baghdad.

The soldier was evacuated to a nearby medical facility where he was pronounced dead.

In Baghdad itself, two children were killed and their mother wounded in a homemade bomb blast outside a Shiite Muslim mosque.

An Iraqi army official says the massive blast also caused damage to the mosque, nearby shops and houses. The children were in the garden of one of the houses.

Targeting places of worship has been a routine practice for Islamic extremists bent on sparking widescale sectarian conflict in post-Saddam Hussein Iraq.

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