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Six Civilians, Two Marines Are Killed in Iraq Violence

Associated Press
Monday, November 29, 2004; Page A13

BAGHDAD, Nov. 28 -- A car bomb killed six civilians in Samarra, north of Baghdad, on Sunday when it exploded as a U.S. convoy was passing, police said. South of the capital, U.S. and Iraqi forces killed 17 suspected insurgents in raids.

Meanwhile, a statement posted on a Web site in the name of the group called al Qaeda in Iraq asserted responsibility for killing 17 members of Iraq's security forces and a Kurdish militiaman in Mosul, 220 miles north of Baghdad, where insurgents rose up this month in support of guerrillas facing a U.S.-led assault in Fallujah. The group is led by Abu Musab Zarqawi, a Jordanian militant.

The claim could not be independently verified, but the style of writing appeared similar to that of other statements by Zarqawi's group, which officials say is responsible for numerous car bombings and beheadings of foreign hostages in Iraq.

[In a separate development, two Marines were killed in Babil province, Reuters reported. A Marine spokesman gave no further details.]

At least 50 people have been killed in Mosul in the past 10 days. Most of the victims are believed to have been supporters of Iraq's interim government or members of its fledgling security forces.

The car bombing in Samarra, about 65 miles north of Baghdad, occurred as a minibus drove past a school near the bomb, police Maj. Qahtan Mohammed said. All the casualties were passengers in the minibus, he said. Five other people were injured in the attack.

U.S. and Iraqi forces killed 17 suspected insurgents in raids south of the capital Sunday, Iraqi police said. Operations there included a dawn speedboat assault by U.S. Marines and British and Iraqi troops on suspected insurgent hideouts along the Euphrates River, British news media reported.

Two U.S. soldiers were injured early Sunday when a car bomb exploded next to their convoy on the road leading to Baghdad's airport, a military statement said.

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