An Army National Guardsman was killed in a suicide car bomb attack Monday at a Baghdad police station. He was identified by relatives as Sergeant Aubrey Bell of Tuskegee. The 32-year-old Bell was assigned to the 214th Military Police Company, based in Alexander City.
The Army said Bell was training Iraqi police officers and performing security patrols in Baghdad. Five other soldiers of the 214th suffered wounds in the attack. Their names and medical conditions were not immediately available.
About 150 members of the 214th have been in Iraq since May. Bell had served in the Army National Guard for 14 years and held a civilian job at Russell Corporation in Montgomery. Bell is the first Alabama National Guardsman to die from hostile fire in postwar Iraq.
He is survived by his parents. Last week Army Private First Class Paul Bueche of Daphne was killed by an exploding helicopter tire in Iraq. Bueche was buried Monday in Daphne with full military honors.