US military says 1 American airman killed, 1 soldier wounded in on-base controlled detonationBy AP
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Controlled detonation kills US airman in Iraq
BAGHDAD — The U.S. military says an American airman has been killed and a soldier has been wounded in a controlled detonation in a U.S. military base in Iraq.
The military says the detonation occurred Wednesday morning in the Joint Base Balad, north of Baghdad.
It says in a Thursday statement that the airman was pronounced dead at the scene of the explosion and the wounded soldier was rushed into the Air Force hospital on the base.
The U.S. military is investigating the incident.
The name of the deceased soldier was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The death raises to at least 4,419 the number of U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq since the war began in March 2003. That’s according to an Associated Press count.