Four American soldiers, four Iraqis killed in clashes north of Baghdad

Published July 8th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

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. (

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