Car bomb, bus blast kill five in Iraq: Police

BAGHDAD: A car bomb in western Iraq killed four people on Tuesday while an explosion on a bus in northwestern Baghdad killed one person, police said.

A dynamite-laden car parked at a gas station detonated during morning hours in the town of Saqlawiyah, 45 miles west of Baghdad, killing three policemen and one civilian, a local police officer said. He said five policemen and one civilian were wounded in the same blast.

In western Baghdad, one civilian was killed and four were wounded when a bomb attached to a minibus exploded in Kazimiyah, a primarily Shia northern suburb of the capital, said a police officer in the Iraqi capital.

Minutes later, a roadside bomb targeting a police patrol in western Baghdad wounded three civilians, a local policeman said. The policeman and the two officers all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information to media.

Also Tuesday, the US military said an American solider was killed and two others were wounded when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle Iraq’s northern Ninevah province. The military said the Multi-National Division-North soldier was killed on Monday.

The soldier’s name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin, a military statement said, adding that the incident is under investigation.

The death raises to at least 4,351 the number of US military personnel who have died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003. That’s according to an Associated Press count.— AP

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