Bomb attacks in central Iraq killed five US troops and four Iraqis on Saturday.
The deadliest attack took place in Khaldiyah, west of Baghdad, where a four-wheel-drive vehicle rigged with explosives drove up to a U.S. checkpoint at a bridge and detonated, a witness said. The U.S. military said three American troops were killed in this attack. Six soldiers and several Iraqi civilians were wounded, the military said.
Earlier, a vehicle went off Saturday behind a U.S. military police patrol in the central city of Samarra, killing at least four people but causing no U.S. casualties, a military policeman said.
Hospital officials in Samarra said four Iraqis were killed and more than 30 wounded.
The American patrol was turning into a police station to link up with Iraqi police when a vehicle behind them went off about 10:25 a.m., said Sgt. Maj. Nathan Wilson of the 720th Military Police Battalion, according to The AP.
Elsewhere, two US troops were killed Saturday in a roadside bomb attack on their convoy near the town of Fallujah, the U.S. army said. In its statement, the army said it was investigating the blast.
Also Saturday, at least one sniper in a building shot and injured an American soldier who was in a foot patrol in a Baghdad neighborhood, Maj. Kevin West said. (Albawaba.com)
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