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U.S. Soldier and 2 Iraqi Children Killed in Blast
Published: December 28, 2003
Filed at 7:07 a.m. ET
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A powerful roadside bomb blast in a central Baghdad shopping street killed a U.S. soldier and two Iraqi children on Sunday, a day after attacks in the holy city of Kerbala killed six foreign troops and 12 Iraqis.
Sunday's blast wounded at least 14 people including five U.S. soldiers, eight members of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and an Iraqi translator working with troops, the U.S. Army said.
``A soldier from the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and two Iraqi children standing nearby were killed when the IED (improvised explosive device) detonated as a convoy was passing,'' said Captain Jason Beck, a spokesman for the 1st Armored Division.
``At this stage we don't know how serious the injuries are.''
Beck said the explosion occurred at around 10:15 a.m. (2:15 a.m. EST) when the streets of Baghdad's Karada district, a bustling area of shops and stalls, would have been crammed with people.
The attack raised to 211 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in action since Washington declared major combat over on May 1. Attacks appear to be continuing at a consistent pace despite the capture of former dictator Saddam Hussein on December 13.
As part of efforts to wipe out the insurgency, U.S. forces launched overnight raids on suspected Saddam loyalists.
The raids came after guerrillas killed six foreign troops and 12 Iraqis in the holy city of Kerbala on Saturday, the biggest attack in Iraq since the former president's arrest.
The Kerbala attacks also wounded 37 soldiers, including five Americans, and dealt another blow to nations that have answered the U.S. call to send troops to help stabilize Iraq.
However, Thailand said on Sunday it had no plans to withdraw medical and engineering troops from Iraq despite the deaths of two of its soldiers in the Kerbala attacks, which also killed four Bulgarian soldiers.
The attack involved suicide bombers, mortars and machineguns in a coordinated assault on two bases of the U.S.-led coalition and government offices housing local police, the head of a Polish-led force in southern Iraq said.
``This was a planned, coordinated and massed attack,'' the Polish PAP news agency quoted General Andrzej Tyszkiewicz as saying. ``In all cases, the suicide drivers were shot dead before they could strike their targets.''
JAPANESE OFFICIALS ARRIVE
Continuing an offensive aimed at stifling widespread guerrilla assaults, U.S. troops seized 10 people in overnight raids in Baquba, site of recent attacks against them.
A U.S. officer said the detainees had joined pro-Saddam rallies in the city, 38 miles north of Baghdad.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. 4th Infantry Division said raids north of the capital had netted about 300 rockets, similar to weapons guerrillas used to pound Baghdad hotels and embassies in attacks that sowed fear across the city on Christmas Day.
Washington -- facing pressure at home over Iraq combat deaths -- is urging allies to contribute forces to help counter the insurgency before a planned handover of sovereignty to Iraqis in the summer.
About 15 Japanese military officials arrived in Kuwait on Saturday to prepare for sending troops to Iraq. They are due to meet members of the U.S.-led coalition over the arrival of more than 150 personnel and transport planes in January.
U.S. troops also clashed with suspected guerrillas in the increasingly volatile north. U.S. soldiers said they killed four Iraqis in Mosul after coming under rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire.
A prominent Mosul lawyer working with coalition officials was shot dead outside his home on Friday, police said, a day after a tribal leader and member of a U.S.-appointed local council was assassinated in the city.
The U.S.-led occupation authority announced it would pay rewards of $1 million for information leading to 12 fugitives who remain on the run from a list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis, and $10 million for Saddam's deputy Izzet Ibrahim, the highest-ranking fugitive.