Iraqi resistance fighters fired mortar rounds at an Iraqi National Guard headquarters in the city of Samarra on Thursday, killing four American troops and one Iraqi guardsman, the military said. A fifth U.S. soldier was unaccounted for and 20 others were wounded.
The 10:30 a.m. attack, some 100 kilometers north of Baghdad, destroyed a joint headquarters used by the Iraqi and US soldiers. US forces counter-fired four 120 mm mortars in response.
Other U.S. troops secured the area around the national guard headquarters.
In other parts of the city, machine gun fire slammed into a school and the neighborhood near a mosque, killing three people and injuring 20 others, said Dr. Abid Tawfiq Director of the Samarra General Hospital.
Earlier in the day, a roadside bomb in the city targeted a U.S. military convoy, injuring one U.S. soldier, said Maj. Neal O'Brien of the 1st Infantry Division. (albawaba.com)
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