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Injured Idaho Soldier Returning To US

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Military officials say a Coeur d'Alene soldier injured in a Baghdad attack that killed two other Idaho soldiers is heading back to the United States.

Idaho National Guard spokesman Col. Tim Marsano says Staff Sgt. Jason Rzepa is handling the situation well.

Insurgents attacked Rzepa's convoy with an explosive last Thursday. Killed in the blast were 24-year-old Spc. Nathan Beyers and 20-year-old Spc. Nicholas Newby, both residents of Coeur d'Alene.

The 30-year-old Rzepa suffered serious leg injuries in the attack. He had been taken to Germany for treatment.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Marsano declined to comment on the details of Rzepa's injuries and was unsure which military hospital the soldier was headed to

The soldiers were assigned to the 116th Cavalry Heavy Brigade Combat Team, based in Post Falls.
     

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