April 10, 2007 / 6:04 AM / 12 years ago

Three U.S. soldiers killed in Baghdad

A U.S. soldier takes up position behind a torn election poster during a patrol in Baghdad April 7, 2007. REUTERS/Bob Strong

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three American soldiers were killed and another was wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol in Baghdad on Monday, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.

A U.S. military spokesman also denied witness reports that a helicopter had gone down in central Baghdad on Tuesday. Major Steven Lamb said a rocket pod on a helicopter caught fire and was jettisoned.

“A helicopter has not gone down,” Lamb said, without saying how the pod caught fire.

In a separate statement, the military said the three soldiers were killed in southeastern Baghdad.

The latest deaths bring to around 40 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq this month, putting April on course to be one of the deadliest months for U.S. soldiers in some time.

More than 3,280 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq since the 2003 invasion.

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