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Published:May 18th, 2008 05:09 EST
Serviceman dies during earthquake rescue work?

Serviceman dies during earthquake rescue work?

By SOP newswire2

No serviceman was killed in the quake rescue operations, and the rumor that two paratroopers died in airdrops was completely "fabricated" and "ungrounded", a senior military official said on Sunday.

Ma Jian, deputy director of the Combat Department of the PLA General Staff Headquarters, made the remarks at a press conference involving military officers.

He said altogether seven soldiers died in the earthquake, adding they were buried when the massive quake happened.

No serviceman was killed during the rescue operations for the quake-hit areas, Ma said.