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Last Updated: Monday, 13 October, 2003, 19:29 GMT 20:29 UK
US soldier killed near Baghdad
Troops on patrol near Tikrit
US troops have been conducting raids in northern Iraq
At least one US soldier has been killed and two others wounded in a roadside attack north-east of Baghdad, military officials said.

A spokesman said a military convoy from the 4th Infantry Division was ambushed near the town of Jalawla, 120 kilometres (75 miles) from the capital - bringing to three the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq in a 24-hour period.

"The convoy was travelling south-east of Jalawla and came under attack at 1115 (0815 GMT) from an improvised explosive device and small arms fire," a spokesman said.

Earlier on Monday, Iraqi officials revealed that the oil minister, Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum, survived an assassination attempt in Baghdad on Sunday.

Officials said Mr al-Uloum, a member of the US-appointed Governing Council, was travelling in a five-car convoy when three gunmen opened fire from a passing car.

Also in the car with Mr al-Uloum was Nabil al-Musawi, an aide to Council member Ahmed Chalabi.

No-one was injured in the incident, which came hours after at least eight people were killed in a car bomb attack on a hotel used by members of the Governing Council.

A spokesman in Baghdad for the US-led Coalition Authority, Charles Heatley, said several people had been detained in connection with the hotel attack.

US deaths

There have been two other attacks on US-led forces in the last 24 hours with two American soldiers dying in separate incidents in the north of the country.

In one case, a soldier was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade in the town of Tikrit.

And on Sunday, one soldier was killed and another injured when their vehicle hit a landmine near the town of Baiji.

US-led forces are now facing an average of 20 attacks a day.

The latest deaths bring to 97 the number of American soldiers killed in action in Iraq since President Bush declared major combat over on 1 May.




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