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Two from N.C. killed in Iraq

Two North Carolina soldiers were killed Wednesday in Iraq, the Department of Defense and family members said.

Spc. Nicholas R. Gibbs, 25, of Stokesdale died Wednesday after being shot in Ar Ramadi, the military announced Friday.

Spc. Jason Huffman, 22, of Conover died Wednesday when a bomb went off while he was in his Humvee in Kirkuk, his parents said.

Gibbs was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in Giessen, Germany. He was conducting observation and security operations at the time of his death, the military said.

Huffman was three weeks into his second tour in Iraq when he was killed, said his parents, Karen and Gary Huffman. The military hasn't yet confirmed Huffman's death.

Jimmy Murphy, Huffman's brother-in-law, said Friday that Huffman was one of five soldiers based at Hawaii's Schofield Barracks who were killed in a roadside bomb attack. They were members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, according to the office of Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii.

Huffman joined the Army in 2003 and served his first tour in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, his family said.

"Jason died doing what Jason loved to do, and that was to protect his country," Murphy said.