Ten US soldiers killed in Baghdad attacks

Ten American soldiers have been killed and four wounded in attacks by insurgents in Iraq.

Eight soldiers died in a car bomb attack in the Mahmudiya district of south Baghdad, around 11:30 am local time (7:30 am GMT). A US military spokesman confirmed the soldiers were US Army personnel.

Two other American soldiers have also been killed in Iraq. One in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in eastern Baghdad and one was killed and another wounded, when a roadside bomb exploded near their convoy outside of the city of Baquba, 24 miles north of the capital.

The US military also announced that a soldier was killed in an apparently non-combatant related vehicle accident in western Baghdad.

The recent deaths bring the total of American troops killed in Iraq in April to 126, the highest death toll suffered by Coalition forces since the beginning of the war last year.

Although there is no official confirmation of either insurgent or civilian casualties as many as 1,200 Iraqis are feared to have been killed in the ongoing hostilities this month.


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