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Routine detonation kills U.S. airman in Iraq

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • A soldier was injured in the incident at a base in Balad
  • The routine detonation is under investigation

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- A U.S. airman was killed and a soldier was injured in a controlled detonation at a base in Balad, Iraq, the U.S. military said Thursday.

The controlled detonation, a routine process to dispose of unexploded ordnances, took place Wednesday morning at Joint Base Balad.

The airman was pronounced dead at the scene, the military said. The injured soldier was rushed to an Air Force hospital.

"The hearts and minds of every service member go out to the families of the servicemembers involved in this incident," said Maj. Gen. Craig Franklin, the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander.

The incident is under investigation.