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5 Iraqi Police Officers, Marine Slain in Attacks

December 12, 2004|From Associated Press

BAGHDAD — Violence continued unabated in Iraq on Saturday as insurgents killed five Iraqi police officers and a U.S. Marine. Fourteen American soldiers were wounded.

The Marine was killed in the western province of Al Anbar. His identity was not released. As of Saturday, at least 1,287 U.S. military personnel had died since the war began.

The 14 Americans were wounded in attacks in northern Iraq. One car bombing and ambush wounded eight soldiers, prompting an American warplane to drop a 500-pound bomb on a suspected insurgent position in Mosul.

"The commanders on the ground felt the attack was heavy enough to call in close air support," military spokeswoman Capt. Angela Bowman said.

Two more U.S. soldiers were wounded by a suspected suicide car bomber in Baiji, and two were wounded in a car bomb blast near Kirkuk. Two more U.S. soldiers were injured by a roadside bomb outside Hawija, near Kirkuk.

In Baiji, police Col. Najeeb Joubouri was gunned down on his way to work. Two more police commanders were killed in an ambush in southwest Baghdad. An Interior Ministry official identified the victims as Brig. Gen. Razzaq Karim Mahmood and Col. Karim Farhan.

Gunmen ambushed a police patrol in a Baghdad suburb late Friday, killing a captain and a constable and wounding two, a police official said.

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