Two American troops die as Iraqi policemen suspected of killing US civilians
A roadside bomb in Saddam Hussein's hometown killed two US troops and injured four Saturday.
The soldiers killed Saturday were patrolling in downtown Tikrit, north of Baghdad, around 5 a.m. in an armored Humvee when a roadside bomb went off, said Capt. Tim Crowe of the U.S. Army, according to The AP.
The blast destroyed the vehicle. Crowe said small arms fire erupted in the same area shortly before the blast.
The four wounded soldiers were evacuated to a military hospital north of Tikrit.
After the attack, about 50 soldiers fanned out through the city searching for evidence and asking local residents for information about the attack.
On Friday, a top U.S. military official said four Iraqis suspected of killing a pair of American officials and their translator appear to be active police officers working with a Saddam Hussein loyalist, raising concerns that resistance groups are infiltrating Iraqi security forces being trained by U.S. forces.
The four were caught along with a former officer from the Saddam-era police forces and a civilian after the slayings Tuesday of the two U.S.-led occupation staffers and an Iraqi woman south of Baghdad, Maj. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said. (Albawaba.com)
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