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US destroyer, merchant ship collide off Iraq coast
www.chinaview.cn 2006-03-26 19:54:58

   CAIRO, March 26 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Iraq in the Gulf and four people were wounded, according to reports reaching here on Sunday.

   The reports cited the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet, based in the Gulf country of Bahrain, as saying that two U.S. soldiers and two crew members from the Kiribati-flagged merchant vessel were wounded when the U.S. navy guided missile destroyer collided with the merchant ship late on Saturday about 50 km southeast of the Iraqi coastline.

   The U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet termed the collision in a statement as an accident and said that the two ships suffered some damages but were still operational.

   Investigation was underway into the cause of the accident, it added. Enditem

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