Alabama man among 3 killed when vehicle struck explosive

The Associated Press is reporting that a Pittsview, Ala., man was among three soldiers killed in Qayyarah Monday when their vehicle was struck by an explosive. All were assigned to the 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. Killed was 39-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Eric D. Cottrell of Pittsview.

Along with Cottrell was Army Pfc. Juan Lopez of San Antonio, Tx., and Army Pfc. Paulomarko Pacificador of Shirley, N.Y.