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Rocket-Propelled Grenade Injures Two Soldiers, Destroys Power Transformer In Fallujah

A rocket-propelled grenade slammed into an electrical transformer near U.S. troops in Fallujah, injuring two soldiers and sending a tower of flame into the night sky, witnesses and the U.S. military said Friday. It was the latest of a spiraling series of attacks on U.S. soldiers and sabotage against the infrastructure needed for Iraq’s reconstruction. The U.S. military said one of the soldiers suffered a concussion and the other bruises from the impact of the rockets exploding near two Bradley fighting vehicles at the gate. The soldiers returned a barrage of gunfire into the darkness, said Soadad Khalil, the supervisor on duty at the power plant in Fallujah, 35 miles from Baghdad. However, Brownlee of the 3rd Infantry Division said there was no firefight. More troops rushed to the area and rounded up 40 Iraqis trying to flee. He did not say how many remained in custody Friday. The attack knocked out one of the two transformers at the power plant, which provides nearly half the electricity to this city of about 75,000 people. Fallujah has been a center of resistance to the coalition occupation of Iraq. Full Story

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