Iraq: Five US troops die as gunmen kill Egyptian engineer
Four US troops died in separate attacks in the Baghdad area Saturday. Two of the soldiers were killed by small-arms fire southwest of the capital, the U.S. command said in a statement, cited by the AP. The others died in a roadside bombing in the Azamiyah neighborhood by small arms fire north of the city, the command said.
Also Saturday, the U.S. military said an American soldier was killed and 11 others injured on Friday in a suicide car bombing in the Abu Ghraib district of western Baghdad.
Elsewhere, the body of an Egyptian engineer was found Saturday, a day after he was nabbed by gunmen in Tikrit. Ibrahim Sayed Hilali had lived in Tikrit for a long time, police said.
In another incident, a roadside bomb hit a convoy carrying the former governor of Najaf, Adnan al-Zurufi, injuring three of his bodyguards, Najaf police Capt. Hadi Najim said.
In northern Mosul, a roadside bomb targeting a U.S. military patrol killed two Iraqi civilians and injured another.