Md. soldier killed in Iraq bombing


A 21-year-old Army specialist from Randallstown was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq Wednesday, the Department of Defense said yesterday.

Spc. Kendall K. Frederick died near Tikrit, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during convoy operations. Frederick, a power generator equipment mechanic, served with the Army Reserve's 983rd Engineer Battalion based in Monclova, Ohio.

Frederick's family declined to comment immediately when reached last night at their Randallstown home.

He is at least the fifth service member from Maryland to be killed in Iraq in the past eight days.

Also on Wednesday, a 21-year-old Marine from Parkton was killed in Karabilah, west of Baghdad, when a suicide car bomb detonated near him as he carried out a military mission.

On Oct. 14, three Maryland Army National Guard soldiers were killed in a Humvee crash in the Al Taji area of Iraq.

Frederick's unit, the 983rd Engineer Battalion, uses heavy equipment for community projects. In the past six years, soldiers from the unit have been deployed to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Egypt.

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