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Two soldiers with N.E. links reported dead

Two soldiers with ties to New England were reported killed in recent days in Iraq and Afghanistan, relatives said.

A University of New Hampshire graduate whose parents live in the southern Maine town of Shapleigh died in a truck accident while serving with the US Army's 10th Mountain Division in northern Afghanistan, the Associated Press reported.

The parents of First Lieutenant Benjamin Keating were notified Sunday night of their son's death. Elizabeth Keating said her son was riding at night from a remote outpost to his base in Nuristan province when his truck crashed, after either hitting something in the road or swerving to avoid it.

Keating graduated magna cum laude from UNH in 2004 with a degree in history and classics. He took part in the Reserve Officer Training Corp and entered the Army after college, beginning his tour in Afghanistan in February.

Also on Sunday, a Connecticut native about to end his one-year tour of duty in Iraq was killed in Baghdad, his father said Monday. Army Captain Jason Hamill and two other soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb while riding in an armored vehicle, said Hamill's father, Richard Hamill of Salem.

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