BAGHDAD, Iraq,AP – U.S. troops killed three suspected insurgents wearing Iraqi police uniforms Sunday in the northern city of Kirkuk, the military said.
The U.S. military also announced the death of an American soldier in roadside blast in Baghdad.
U.S. spokesman Maj. Jeff Allen said a gun battle broke out at a checkpoint in Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, and three men wearing Iraqi police uniforms inside a car were shot dead.
American troops captured a fourth man in the car, but found no police identity documents on the men. Iraqi police Brig. Serhad Qadir said the four were suspected insurgents disguised as policemen. The U.S. military was investigating the situation.
The U.S. soldier was killed when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle Saturday evening in Baghdad, the military said Sunday. The military had previously reported the death of another soldier in a similar but separate attack Saturday in Baghdad.
At least 2,241 U.S. military personnel have died since the Iraq war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
Gunmen attacked an Iraqi police patrol Sunday near the prison in Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, killing one policeman and wounding another, Diyala police’s Joint Coordination Center said. A civilian was also wounded.
A mortar round was fired toward Baqouba’s police headquarters but exploded in a nearby residential area, wounding two civilians and two policemen, police said.