A roadside bomb killed three American soldiers in north-central Iraq Saturday
morning. And a car bomb explosion in front of an Iraqi police station in the
northern city of Mosul has killed at least nine people and injured dozens.
U.S. military officials say the bomb attack against a military convoy occurred
southwest of the northern city of Kirkuk. In Mosul, a powerful car bomb detonated
late Saturday morning in front of the police station. Witnesses reported seeing
multiple casualties and body parts strewn around the area. They also said the
explosion shattered windows and sent large plumes of smoke into the air.
A day earlier, three Iraqi soldiers were killed in Mosul when gunmen opened
fire on them at a checkpoint. Coalition soldiers and Iraqi police and security
forces remain daily targets for attacks by anti-coalition insurgents.
Most of the attacks occur in the so-called Sunni Triangle, once the heartland
of Saddam Hussein's power base. But other areas, including Baghdad and Mosul,
have also been frequent targets of attacks.
Meanwhile, Dutch officials say Iraqi insurgents hit their embassy in Baghdad
with rocket-propelled grenades Friday. The officials say no one was injured
in the attack, which sparked a fire at the building. Saturday's attacks occurred
as Iraqis prepare to celebrate the Muslim holy feast of Eid al-Adha, or Feast
of the Sacrifice. The feast, a major Muslim holiday, comes at the end of the
annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca.