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Iraq bomb kills U.S. soldier, 8 Iraqis shot
Updated: 2005-05-14 16:52

A car bomb killed a U.S. soldier in Iraq and U.S. troops shot dead eight Iraqis, including five civilians, during an attack on a patrol, the American military said.

The soldier was killed and four others were wounded when a car bomb exploded on Friday near their patrol near Baiji, about 180 km (112 miles) north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said in a statement.

At least 1,238 U.S. military and Pentagon personnel have been killed in action in Iraq through Friday since the start of the 2003 invasion, according to Pentagon figures.

U.S. troops killed three insurgents who fired on their convoy after trying to ram it on Friday in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, the military said.

The soldiers then opened fire on two cars that approached the patrol and appeared to be hostile, killing five civilians, the military said. The incident is under investigation.

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