Iraq: Roadside bomb kills two US contractors; American soldier dies near Mosul
A roadside bomb killed two American contractors and injured a third in Iraq, the U.S. Embassy said Sunday. The three were employed by Blackwater Security, a North Carolina-based contracting firm.
Embassy spokesman Bob Callahan said the attack took place Saturday on the main road to Hillah, south of Baghdad. "I can confirm that two American employees of Blackwater Security were killed early yesterday afternoon on the road to Hillah when an IED exploded next to their vehicle, Callahan said.
Another American Blackwater employee was injured and is being treated at a military hospital in Baghdad, Callahan said. His injuries are not life-threatening, the Embassy spokesman said.
In another incident, a U.S. soldier was killed late Saturday in a small arms fire attack in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, 360 kilometers northwest of Baghdad, the U.S. command said Sunday.
In Sharqat, 260 kilometers northwest of Baghdad, a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle on Saturday outside the house of the town's chief of special police forces, police Col. Jassim al-Jubouri said in Tikrit, further south. Four people were killed and several others were injured, he said.
Meanwhile, two Iraqis were killed and five injured when a roadside bomb missed a U.S. convoy in al-Obeidi in southeastern Baghdad on Sunday, said Dr. Ali Karim of Kindi hospital, where the casualties were brought.
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