Six US soldiers die in Iraq

October 20th, 2005  
Team Infidel

Topic: Six US soldiers die in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Oct 20 (AFP) - Five US soldiers have been killed in insurgent attacks in Iraq and a sixth died from a "non-hostile gunshot wound," the US military said Thursday.

Three US soldiers were killed and one injured late Wednesday when their patrol hit a a roadside bomb in the town of Balad, north of Baghdad, it said in a statement.

Further north near Tikrit, the hometown of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, a fourth soldier died when his vehicle caught fire Wednesday. Two wounded were evacuated to a hospital.

A US marine was killed when a suicide car bomb exploded near him on Wednesday near the town of Karabilah, in Al-Anbar province, officials said in a statement.

And in a base near the northern city of Mosul, a sixth "died from a non-hostile gunshot wound" on Tuesday, the military said.

The latest deaths brought to 1,982 the number of US military personnel killed in Iraq since the US-led invasion of March 2003, according to an AFP tally based on Pentagon figures.