A U.S. soldier was shot and killed while on patrol in central Iraq early Tuesday, a military spokesman said.

The shooting took place near the town of Balad (search), 55 miles north of the capital, said Maj. William Thurmond, a spokesman for the U.S. Army's V Corps (search).

Thurmond said he had no further details on the incident and that the soldier's name was being withheld pending notification of the family.

The area around Balad is under control of the 4th Infantry Division (search).

There has been a series of hit-and-run attacks on U.S. troops across the central region of the country since the end of ground combat almost two months ago. Several dozen soldiers have been killed or wounded.