Four Iraqis, U.S. soldier killed in separate explosions north of Baghdad
A car bomb exploded near a U.S. military patrol in Baiji on Tuesday, killing four Iraqi civilians and injuring 19 people, including two U.S. soldiers, according to witnesses and the military.
A U.S. military spokesman, cited by Reuters, said the car exploded in a northern section of the city, located 112 miles north of the capital. He added the 17 civilian casualties were taken to hospital and the U.S. soldiers were evacuated.
Separately, a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at a U.S. tank in the town, wounding one U.S. soldier, a spokesman from the U.S. 1st Infantry Division said.
A hospital official in Baiji said a child and three traffic police were among the wounded.
Elsewhere, a U.S. Army soldier died from injuries sustained after a roadside bomb exploded next to his patrol north of Baghdad, the military said Tuesday.
The death brings to 134 the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq this month, according to an unofficial count.
The attack on the 1st Infantry Division patrol took place near the town of Alazu at around 10 p.m., the statement said. The injured soldier was evacuated to a field hospital for treatment, where he later died of his wounds.
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