Bombs roil Iraq; U.S. troops kill 8 suspected insurgents

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – American troops killed eight suspected insurgents Sunday during a raid north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said. Elsewhere in Iraq, at least five roadside bombs killed three people and wounded several others.

Clashes erupted when troops surrounded a suspected safehouse and nearby tent on the northern outskirts of Baghdad. Five suspected insurgents inside the tent were killed. As firing on the troops continued, they called in for air support, and three assailants were killed in the ensuing air strike, a military statement said.

After the fighting, the American forces discovered bombs and weapons inside the house, and detained two suspects. A woman founded wounded inside the house when the troops entered was evacuated to a hospital and listed in stable condition, the statement said.

A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol killed a passer-by in Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, police said. Another civilian was killed and two wounded when another roadside bomb targeting a police patrol exploded at Maysaloun Square in eastern Baghdad.

Roadside bombings in several Baghdad neighborhoods killed a policeman and wounded several others, police said. One of the attacks targeted police near a Sunni mosque in the western neighborhood of Ghazaliyah, wounding at least three people, police said. Another targeted a convoy of American military police, but the U.S. military said there were no casualties.

Police discovered a body, shot in the head, in the Dora district of southern Baghdad.

In Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, a man allegedly making a bomb was killed when it accidentally exploded inside a house, police said. Police arrested six suspected insurgents in the house after hearing the explosion, police Maj. Karim al-Tamimi said.

The main morgue in the holy city of Najaf, meanwhile, reported the deaths of three Iraqis from wounds sustained in Thursday’s car bombing of the Imam Ali mosque, bringing the death toll to 13. The three died Saturday, said Dr. Issa Mohammed, director of the morgue at Najaf General Hospital.

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