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Five US soldiers killed in Iraq

The US military confirms that a bomb attack kills five US soldiers in Iraq in separate incidents.
By DPA | None, Baghdad
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2008 01:28 PM IST

A bomb attack and an explosion killed five US soldiers in Iraq in separate incidents, the US military said early on Saturday.

Four of the deaths took place northwest of Baghdad on Friday when the soldiers' vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) while on patrol, the US military said in a press statement.

The fifth soldier was killed in an explosion near his vehicle in At-Tamim northeast of Tikrit on Friday. The blast injured three soldiers.

Earlier on Friday, at least five people were killed and one injured in separate attacks, Iraqi officials and media reports said Friday.

In Kirkuk, around 250 km north of Baghdad, a car bomb targeting a patrol killed two civilians and three policemen, sources told DPA.

In the southern city of Basra, militants killed a Sunni Imam after kidnapping him, his son and another person from his house in the Al-Jameiat district, a statement from the Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq said.

The Imam's son and the third person were released.

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