Car bomb kills 2 U.S. soldiers, 3 Iraqis

By Leila Fadel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 11, 2010; 8:54 AM

BAGHDAD -- Two American soldiers were killed Friday in a bloody car bombing that also claimed the lives of at least one Iraqi police officer and two civilians, the U.S. military said.

Six other U.S. soldiers were wounded in the attack north of Baghdad in the mixed Arab and Kurdish city of Jalawla, a U.S. military statement said.

The car bomb exploded near a joint patrol of Iraqi police and U.S. soldiers Friday morning, wounding at least 24 others, including two Iraqi police officers, the U.S. military and Iraqi police said.

Jalawla lies in the restive Diyala province, a mixed region of Shiite Arabs, Sunni Arabs and Kurds that once was one of the most dangerous places in Iraq.

Although violence has dropped significantly since the bloody days of Iraq's sectarian war in 2006 and 2007, there has been a spike in attacks in the capital and other provinces following the March 7 parliamentary elections.

The U.S. military pulled out of Iraqi cities last summer, withdrawing to bases outside the cities. Partly as a result, fatal attacks on the U.S. military have declined.

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb ripped through a largely Christian marketplace Friday in the Dora neighborhood, once a bastion for the Sunni insurgency. The attack killed two people and wounded nine others.

Attacks in the capital and on the outskirts killed at least seven people Thursday.

Special correspondent Hassan Shimmary contributed from Diyala province.

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