Three US troops dead in Iraq as violence continues
A suicide bomber driving an oil truck blew himself up after he was stopped at a checkpoint near an Iraqi army headquarters north of Baghdad on Wednesday, injuring nine troops, a spokesman said. According to the AP, the bomber apparently planned to drive the truck into the compound in Muqdadiyah, but guards stopped him at the checkpoint some 100 yards away at about 9:15 a.m. He detonated his explosives belt as he got out of the vehicle, army Col. Ibrahim Hussein said.
A parked car bomb also hit a police patrol in the northern city of Mosul at about 10:30 a.m., killing one policeman and injuring two others, Brig. Abdul Karim al-Jibouri said.
A car bomb also hit a predominantly Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, killing one person and injuring six, police said. The blast took place at 10 a.m. after the driver parked the car near a currency exchange office in the Amin district in New Baghdad neighborhood, then walked away.
Elsewhere, six tortured bodies were found blindfolded and with their hands and legs bound in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, hospital officials said.
Meanwhile, three American soldiersdied in fighting in Anbar province, west of Baghdad, the military said Wednesday.