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Military: Four U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq on Tuesday

By Xinhua

Baghdad : Four U.S. soldiers were killed and at least three others injured in an explosion and a vehicle accident in Iraq on Tuesday, the U.S. military said.

According to the latest statement of the military, three American soldiers were killed and three more injured in an explosion in Iraq’s Diyala province northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday.

The incident occurred when the Task Force Lightning soldiers triggered an explosion near their patrol, the military said in the statement, without giving details on the type of explosion.

Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border, has long been the hotbed of insurgency and sectarian violence since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Meanwhile, another Task Force Lightning soldier also died Tuesday in a vehicle accident in the northern Ninevah province, according to the military.

The latest death brings the number of U.S. soldiers who have been killed in Iraq to at least 3,785 since the outbreak of the Iraqi war in 2003, according to media count based on Pentagon figures.