US soldier killed in Baghdad

One US occupation soldier has been killed and two wounded when a roadside bomb exploded as an army convoy drove through Baghdad.

    A total of 161 US soldiers have been killed in Iraq since 1 May

    "An improvised explosive device exploded against a two-vehicle convoy in Baghdad today," a spokeswoman from the US military said on Saturday.

    "The explosion resulted in the death of one soldier and the injury of two others," she said.

    A US military statement later said the attack took place in the al-Azamiyah district of Baghdad at around 05:30 GMT. 

    Witnesses had reported an explosion on an overpass in the Tunis neighborhood, within the al-Azamiyah district, which they said had left several US casualties and a Humvee damaged at around the same time.

    A loud explosion was heard in the Iraqi capital at around 02:00 GMT, but the cause was still not clear, according to the
    US military. 

    The soldier's death has raised to 161 the number of US troops killed in combat in Iraq since 1 May, when US President George Bush declared major hostilities over.  

    SOURCE: AFP


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