At least 17 Iraqis, five US soldiers die

Published December 13th, 2006 - 10:05 GMT

A car bomb went off near a crowded bus stop in eastern Baghdad during morning rush hour on Wednesday, killing 10 people in a mostly Shiite area, police said. The blast took place in the Kamaliyah neighborhood at 8:45 a.m. near the Shiite al-Rasoul mosque, according to police Capt. Mohammed Abdul-Ghani and police Maj. Mahir Hamad.


Ten civilians were killed and 26 injured, Abdul-Ghani and Hamad said, according to the AP.


Elsewhere, two suicide bombers attacked an Iraqi army base in northern Iraq on Wednesday, killing seven soldiers and injuring 15, police said. General Torhan Abdul Rahman said the first bomber detonated his vehicle after ramming the gate of the base in the town of Riyadh, some 60 km south of the volatile oil city of Kirkuk.


The second bomber managed to enter the base before blowing himself up, Abdul Rahman told Reuters.

Meanwhile, the U.S. command announced the five more deaths of American soldiers in Iraq, including three Marines killed in combat in Anbar province. The three Marines assigned to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing died Monday of wounds sustained while fighting "insurgents," according to a statement.  The U.S. military said those killed were not linked to a hard landing Monday by a Marine helicopter in Anbar. At least 18 people were injured in that incident but hostile fire did not appear to be the cause, the military said.


Another Marine died Monday from non-hostile causes in Anbar. The US military also said a soldier died Monday of apparent natural causes near Diwaniyah, 80 miles south of Baghdad.


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