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Five U.S. Soldiers Killed In Two Bomb Attacks


Baghdad, 24 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- A flurry of attacks by insurgents in Iraq today killed five U.S. soldiers, three Iraqi civilians, and an Iraqi policeman.

In Khaldiyah, a town west of Baghdad, the military said a car bomb killed three U.S. soldiers and injured six other soldiers, in addition to several Iraqi civilians.

Northwest of the capital, near Al-Fallujah, a roadside bomb killed two U.S. soldiers. And in Samarra north from the capital, three Iraqi civilians were killed and 33 were wounded when a car bomb exploded shortly after a U.S. patrol passed. Three U.S. soldiers were also wounded in that attack.

Shaker Mahmoud, governor of Samarra, said the attack happened amid a crowd of civilians. "At 10, an explosion occurred in front of the courthouse where a lot of people were gathering. Those who don't want peace in Samarra are behind this."

And an Iraqi policeman was killed and another wounded when their patrol pickup truck came under fire in the northern city of Mosul.
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