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Last Updated: Friday, 4 June, 2004, 18:16 GMT 19:16 UK
US soldiers die in Baghdad ambush
US troops after an earlier attack in Sadr City
Sadr City is a dangerous beat for US patrols
Five US soldiers have been killed and five others wounded in an attack on a convoy near Baghdad's main Shia Muslim district, the US military reports.

Reports say the convoy came under bomb and grenade fire on the edge of Sadr City, a slum in the east of the city.

A grenade strike halted the convoy, which was then hit by a roadside bomb, witnesses told AFP news agency.

Sadr City recently became a focus of unrest among Iraq's Shia community against the US-led coalition.

Friday's attack followed an overnight clash in Sadr City between US troops and supporters of radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr.

A US military spokesman said a number of US soldiers had been wounded in that clash.

More than 490 US soldiers have been killed in attacks since President George W Bush declared major combat operations over in May 2003.


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