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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A U.S. State Department employee and three employees of a security contractor were killed Monday in northern Iraq when their vehicle was hit by a suicide car bomber, a U.S. official in Baghdad said Tuesday.

Two others in the convoy were wounded.

The State Deptartment employee was working as a diplomatic security agent for the U.S. Regional Embassy Office in Mosul and was traveling with employees of North Carolina-based Blackwater Security Consulting USA.

All four were American citizens.

This is the third hostile death of a State Department employee in Iraq since sovereignty was passed in June of 2004.

Meanwhile, a British armored vehicle escorted by a tank crashed into a detention center Monday in Basra and rescued two undercover troops held by police, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official told CNN. (Full story)

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