Day of fighting across Iraq: Seven US troops, some 40 Iraqis killed

Published April 24th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

Some 40 Iraqis and seven US troops on Saturday were killed in violence across Iraq. 

 

Five American troops were killed and seven wounded before dawn Saturday when two rockets hit a U.S. base north of Baghdad, U.S. military officials said. Two 57-mm rockets slammed into the base in Taji at 5:30 a.m., said Air Force Lt. Col. Sam Hudspath, The AP reported.  

 

Another two US soldiers were killed and one injured when resistance fighters fired rocket-propelled grenades at their convoy near the southern city of Kut, the local police chief said.  

 

Also on Saturday, a car bomb went off near the main U.S. base in the northern city of Tikrit, a U.S. official said. Four Iraqi police were killed, police said.  

 

A suicide bomber appeared to be driving the car when it detonated outside the outer wall of the base, said Master Sgt. Robert Powell of the 1st Infantry Division.  

 

The car exploded near a row of shops outside the base, Powell said. Witnesses said the blast was targeting a convoy of Iraqi officials heading to the Mayor's office in Tikrit.  

 

The worst single incident of the day came when a bomb detonated on a main road as a bus passed near Haswa, 50 kilometers south of Baghdad. At least 13 people, including a four-year-old boy, were killed and 17 injured, reports said.  

 

In Sadr City, an eastern mostly Shiite district in Baghdad, U.S. forces launched raids against local fighters, sparking a battle that the US military said killed one or two Iraqis. During the fighting, three Iraqi girls were badly burned when a shell exploded in their bedroom where they slept.  

 

Hours later, a rocket slammed into the neighborhood's crowded Chicken Market, killing at least 14 people and injuring dozens, residents said. Human flesh could be seen among scattered market goods and burned-out cars in the street.  

 

Elsewhere, Polish troops clashed overnight with Shiite fighters in the city of Karbala, killing five, a spokesman said Saturday.  

 

In another incident, an Iraqi woman working as a translator for the U.S. military was shot and killed along with her husband as they drove to a U.S. base, a hospital official said. (Albawaba.com) 

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