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US soldier killed in Iraq attack


One US soldier and an Iraqi interpreter have been killed and three soldiers wounded by gunfire from police in Iraq.

The shooting took place at a checkpoint under a bridge in the northern city of Mosul on Tuesday as coalition forces were touring the site.

Two policemen opened fire before fleeing by car.

The US military said the four soldiers were taken to hospital where one died of his wounds. An investigation is under way.

A second interpreter was also injured.

Initial reports from Iraqi sources said up to six US troops had been killed, although the US military said only that three were injured.

"The injured personnel were taken to the combat support hospital in Mosul. An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause and nature of the attack," a US military statement said.


A police intelligence source said the Americans were invited to lunch with Iraqi police at a checkpoint under a bridge, reports the BBC's Mike Sergeant in Baghdad.

He says when the soldiers arrived, the two policemen - a corporal and a private - opened fire on them, before making their escape.

Our correspondent says the shooting is not the first such incident, but it is the most serious of its kind for some time.

Last November, an Iraqi soldier killed two US soldiers before being shot dead in Mosul.

The latest shooting comes a day after three US soldiers and an interpreter were killed in fighting in the volatile Diyala province, north of Baghdad.

The incidents follow a recent decline in violence in Iraq. US President Barack Obama has vowed to withdraw US troops from the country within 16 months of taking office in January.

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