Baghdad: A car bomb struck a joint US-Iraqi
military convoy north of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least
five people, including two American troops.
Iraqi officials said a suicide attacker hit a patrol of
Humvees and Stryker vehicles in central Jalula, about 125
kilometers northeast of Baghdad, not far from the Iranian
American forces responsible for operations in Iraq`s
north confirmed the casualties in Diyala province. Names of
the casualties were not released, pending notification of
They said three Iraqis, including one police officer,
were also killed, and about 22 were wounded in the blast.
An eyewitness who was watching the patrol from his
doorway as the bomber struck said he believed troops were
searching for weapons following a dispute among residents
brandishing hand grenades and firearms the previous day.
The man, who gave his name as Abu Kowyan, 42, said the
car bomber attacked from a nearby alley, ramming into the
joint patrol as troops were getting out of their vehicles.
He said he counted about seven or eight American soldiers
lying on the ground shortly after the blast. The fiery
explosion shattered windows in his house 20 yards (meters)