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US Military: 5 US Troops Killed in Iraq Thursday


The U.S. military says five American troops died in Iraq Thursday, including four killed in a roadside bombing.

The military says the blast in eastern Baghdad also injured two soldiers.

The other fatality was of a soldier who died of combat injuries north of Baghdad in Salahaddin province.

In other news, a mortar attack Friday killed one person in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Zafaraniyah. In the northern city of Kirkuk, a roadside bomb killed two police officers.

Also, the British military has confirmed the escape of some prisoners at a British-run detention facility near the southern city of Basra.

The Reuters news agency says 10 prisoners escaped earlier this week by swapping clothes and places with individuals who came as visitors.

The news agency says those who swapped clothes with the prisoners are being held for questioning.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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