At least 20 Iraqis, US soldier killed in attacks, clashes
At least 12 Iraqis were killed and some 40 wounded in Fallujah Sunday in a fresh US bombardment of the city and in earlier clashes between US troops and resistance fighters.
In Fallujah, 12 people were killed and 39 wounded during fighting late Saturday and early Sunday in the eastern part of the city, a Health Ministry official said, according to The AP. The U.S. military said it had killed 10 assailants during the clashes.
Panicked residents were seen rushing to the hospital to check on their loved ones or to give blood, media in the city reported.
Powerful explosions rocked the Al-Askari neighbourhood in the north-eastern part of Fallujah. The US military confirmed earlier clashes with insurgents.
Fighters in civilian clothing attacked a marine position near Fallujah with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire, prompting US troops to return fire with tanks, it said.
The marines also bombarded a building in the city's industrial neighbourhood from where Iraqi fighters were suspected to be firing on the military post.
The renewed violence came less than 48 hours after fighting in Fallujah left 20 Iraqis dead, the US military said. The city's main hospital gave a toll of 13 dead and 13 wounded.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed at least two people. The bomb exploded near a local hotel, killing two Iraqi civilians and injuring two others passing by in vehicles, Iraqi police said. A driver for the British Broadcasting Corp. suffered non-life-threatening wounds to the head, the BBC's Baghdad bureau chief said.
A roadside bombing near the town of Samarra on Sunday killed one U.S. soldier and wounded two others, the US military said. The attack, about 12:30 p.m., hit a passing patrol of 1st Infantry Division soldiers in Samarra, northwest of Baghdad. In the same area, Iraqis detonated a bomb late Saturday that wounded four U.S. troops, who shot dead one attacker, the military said Sunday.
In other violence, two policemen were killed and three injured when their truck was attacked in Haswa, some 65 kilometers south of Baghdad on Saturday, police Lt. Ali Aubeid said.
Meanwhile, a car bomb exploded early Sunday outside a local police station in Iraq's main northern city of Mosul, killing at least five people and wounding more than 50, police said. Those killed were police officers, a police lieutenant at the scene said, and the wounded were a mix of police and civilians, according to Reuters.
The 8 a.m. blast in Mosul occurred when a white four-wheel drive vehicle sped into a restricted entrance outside the Summar police station, prompting guards to open fire, said Abdella Zuheir, a policeman at the scene. The vehicle then came to halt and exploded, he said. (albawaba.com)
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