A 29-year-old soldier from Rigby was one of four soldiers killed in Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near their unit during combat operations, the Department of Defense said Saturday.
Sgt. Emerson N. Brand was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, based in Fort Hood, Texas.
Also killed in the explosion Thursday in Baghdad were three other members of the unit: Staff Sgt. Terry W. Prater, 25, of Speedwell, Tenn; Staff Sgt. Blake M. Harris, 27, of Hampton, Ga.; and Pfc. James L. Arnold, 21, of Mattawan, Mich.
In a February attack, three Idaho soldiers from the Boise-based 321st Engineer Battalion were killed when an explosive device detonated near their vehicle in Iraq's Anbar province, west of Baghdad.
At least 22 Idahoans have died in separate attacks in Iraq since the U.S. invaded in March 2003.