Fresh attacks kill three US troops, two Iraqi children
Two U.S. troops were killed and four were injured Friday in a mortar attack on their base north of Baghdad, and another American died in a shootout in the northern city of Mosul, the U.S. military said.
Elsewhere, 13 other soldiers were injured Thursday night in a mortar attack near Baqouba, some 65 kilometers northeast of the capital, the command said, according to The AP. Residents said that a roadside bomb wounded several other troops Friday in Fallujah in the sixth attack by resistance fighters there in as many days.
Separately, two Iraqi children were killed and three adults wounded in a grenade attack on a police station in the northern city of Mosul, police said.
The latest U.S. deaths took place when a mortar hit a forward operating base near Samraa, some 110 kilometers north of Baghdad, about noon Friday, the U.S. Central Command said.
In Mosul, a soldier was killed by small arms fire before dawn Friday in the western end of the city, the command reported.
These latest deaths bring to 108 the number of American soldiers killed by hostile fire since President Bush declared an end to major combat May 1.
U.S. officials also said the 13 soldiers were wounded Thursday night when a mortar round struck at hangar at Camp War Horse near Baqouba.
Three were seriously wounded and evacuated but the others were treated at the local aid station, the command said. U.S. troops fired back and pursued the attackers, the command said.
Also near Baqouba, a patrol was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire Thursday night. The Americans pursued the two Iraqi attackers into a house and killed them, it said. (Albawaba.com)