Troops killed by insurgents in Iraq

6 U.S.

November 16, 2006|By Los Angeles Times

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Six U.S. troops were killed Tuesday in attacks by insurgents, the military announced yesterday, the highest daily death toll for American servicemen in Iraq since Nov. 2, when eight died.

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb detonated near a U.S. military vehicle, killing two U.S. soldiers, according to a military news release. In the Sunni Arab-dominated Anbar province, one U.S. soldier and three Marines were killed by insurgents.

None of the soldiers was identified by name, pending notification of next of kin.

The deaths brought the total number of U.S. military fatalities in Iraq to 2,859 since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

At least nine Iraqis were killed yesterday. In Baghdad, a suicide car bomb slammed into a crowd of mourners at a funeral. Two people were killed when gunmen opened fire on a filling station in the southwest neighborhood of Yarmouk.

In Basra, British forces killed a gunman who allegedly had opened fire on them. British gunfire also struck a woman bystander who died en route to a hospital, according to British military Capt. Tane Dunlop.

In Kirkuk, gunmen killed a traffic police officer. In Diyala province, gunmen killed Iraqi journalist Luma Riadh, according to the Iraqi Association for the Defense of Journalists' Rights.

Eleven others died early this morning, police said. Gunmen opened fire on a bakery in Baghdad today, killing eight people and wounding one. In the same area of the capital, a roadside bomb exploded, killing one Iraqi policemen and wounding three. In western Baghdad, a motorcycle rigged with explosives killed two civilians and wounded one.

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