Five U.S. soldiers died in a vehicle accident north of Baghdad, the American military said Tuesday.
The soldiers from the Army's 1st Infantry Division were pronounced dead on arrival at a military medical clinic. Two other soldiers were injured in the accident, which took place near the town of Khan Bani Saad on Monday night.
The military said the accident was under investigation.
Meanwhile, the U.S. military also said that a U.S. soldier was killed in Baghdad Monday evening in a roadside bomb blast.
In Baghdad, at least 11 Iraqi policemen were killed in fierce clashes on Tuesday in the eastern part of the capital, a hospital official said.
Fighting erupted in Rashad neighborhood as Iraqi police fired on armed men who were handing out leaflets warning people not to participate in Sunday’s national elections.
According to The AP, about the same time and in the same neighborhood, armed men opened fire on police who were checking out a report of a possible car bomb. Seven police were killed in the ambush, according to policeman Khazim Hussein.
Another bomb went off the gate of a secondary school in the neighborhood and gunmen opened fire on Iraqi and U.S. forces responding to the explosion. A witness said two Iraqi policemen and an insurgent were killed.
Altogether, 11 policeman were killed in the various clashes, according to an official at Kindi Hospital.
In the meantime, an Iraqi judge was assassinated in a roadside ambush, as he was leaving his home in eastern Baghdad Tuesday, police sources said, according to Reuters. The judge, identified as Qais Hashim Shameri, was killed along with his son, the sources added.