Iraq: Three US troops killed, scores of civilians kidnapped

Published December 17th, 2006 - 11:36 GMT

A roadside bomb killed three US troops and wounded a fourth serviceman north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Sunday. The soldiers were conducting a patrol to clear a route so that another unit could move through the area on Saturday, the military said in a statement. A bomb exploded near one of their vehicles, the statement said, according to the AP.


The toll raised to 57 the number of Americans killed in Iraq in December.


Meanwhile, gunmen in Iraqi army uniforms staged a mass kidnapping on Sunday at the office of the Iraqi Red Crescent in downtown Baghdad, police said. An official of the Iraqi aid group said the attackers abducted 20 to 30 employees and visitors, but left women behind.


Police, however, said they did not know how many people were kidnapped at the office in Andalus square. They said the gunmen arrived at the office in five pickup trucks.



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