Northwest Digest

Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2007

Four Alaska-based paratroopers killed

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FORT RICHARDSON - Four paratroopers from Fort Richardson were killed in Iraq this week, bringing the total to nine Alaska-based soldiers who have died in a six-day period, the Army said Wednesday.

One paratrooper on foot patrol died when a roadside bomb went off near his vehicle in South Baghdad, said Capt. Richard Hyde, an Army spokesman. Another soldier was seriously injured.

Three other soldiers were killed Monday when several roadside bombs went off near their vehicle, also in South Baghdad, Hyde said. Two other soldiers were seriously injured.

No names were immediately released, but Hyde said next of kin have been notified.

On Friday, two paratroopers were killed by small arms fire in separate incidents. Those deaths came a day after three Fort Richardson soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Iskandariya.

Bear injures Montana man at Yellowstone

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. - A Montana man suffered severe injuries to his face Wednesday after being attacked by grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park, a park spokesman said.

The man was taking photographs of bears along Trout Creek in Hayden Valley when he was attacked, according to a release from the park. He was said to be in his late 50s, but was not identified by name.

After the attack, the man hiked two to three miles before he was discovered by other park visitors at about 1 p.m. He told rangers he had been attacked by a sow bear with a cub.

The man was taken by ambulance to West Yellowstone, Mont., and then transported by helicopter to Eastern Idaho Medical Center in Idaho Falls. A hospital spokeswoman declined to release information on his condition Wednesday evening.

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