Gulf & Middle East
Three killed in Baghdad bomb attack
Apr 21, 2007 - 8:47:53 PM

Baghdad, April 21 - One US soldier was killed and two wounded by a roadside bomb southwest of Baghdad Saturday, the US military said.

The blast occurred when their unit was conducting a foot patrol in an area located some 24 km southwest of the capital, the military said in a statement.

More than 3,315 US soldiers have been killed in Iraq since the US-led invasion in March 2003, according to media count based on Pentagon figures.

In a separate incident, at least two people were killed and five wounded in a car bomb attack in Baghdad's eastern neighbourhood of Sadr City Saturday, an Interior Ministry source said.

'A car bomb went off shortly after 2:00 p.m. at the Sadr City neighbourhood, killing at least two people and wounding five others,' the source said on condition of anonymity.

Several nearby buildings and civilian cars were damaged by the blast, the source added.

Sadr City is a predominant Shiite neighbourhood, which is the stronghold of the Mahdi Army, a militant group loyal to the radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

Violence persists in Baghdad despite the presence of tens of thousands of US and Iraqi soldiers across the capital in a major security crackdown aimed at curbing insurgency and sectarian violence in the war-torn country.

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