Two US soldiers killed, one injured in seperate Baghdad attacks as mortar hits area where Japanese forces deployed
A roadside bomb killed two American troops in Baghdad, the US military disclosed on Thursday.
It said the bomb went off at 9:30pm (local time) on Wednesday as the troops were passing by in their vehicles. The deaths bring to 374 the number of Americans who have been killed in attacks since the outset of military operations in Iraq. A total of at least 537 Americans have died.
Early Thursday, gunmen attacked a US military patrol on a
highway in the northern sector of the Iraqi capital, injuring a US soldier and knocking out one military vehicle, according to the BBC.
The attack took place on Mohammed Al-Qassem highway, that snakes through the regions of Al-Rasafah and Al-Karkh.
Elsewhere, also Thursday, a mortar landed near a hotel housing Japanese reporters in a southern Iraqi town where Japanese forces have deployed, officials said. The explosion shattered windows in a nearby building but caused no injuries.
According to The AP, the 60-mm mortar hit at about 5 a.m. near the hotel in Samawah, said a security guard. The launcher was found, along with a few more rounds, some 3.5 kilometers away in the northern part of the city.
Col. Yasushi Kiyota, one of the commanders of the Japanese forces deploying at Samawa, said there were no injuries. (Albawaba.com)
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