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Soldier from Sacramento area killed in roadside bombing in Iraq

GOLD RIVER, Calif. ” A 24-year-old soldier from the Sacramento area was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

Sgt. Derek T. Roberts, of Gold River, near Rancho Cordova and Fair Oaks, was one of three soldiers killed June 14 when an explosive detonated near a vehicle in Kirkuk, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

The other soldiers killed in the explosion were Army Spc. Val J. Borm, 21, of Sidney, Neb.; and Army Spc. Farid Elazzouzi, 26, Paterson, N.J.



Roberts joined the Army in 2003 and was deployed to Iraq last summer.

The three soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Infantry Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.




As of Wednesday, at least 3,531 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.


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