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Roadside Attacks Kill 3 US Soldiers in Iraq - 2003-10-07

Three American soldiers have been killed and others were injured in separate roadside attacks near Baghdad.

The first attack occurred late Monday when a U.S. soldier with the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment was killed by an explosion. Another American soldier was wounded in the attack west of Baghdad.

About an hour later a second bomb attack occurred about 40 kilometers south of Baghdad. In that attack two soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division and their Iraqi translator were killed. Two other soldiers were wounded.

The latest attacks bring to 91 the number of American soldiers killed by hostile fire since May 1, when U.S. President George Bush declared major combat operations had been completed.

There was a large explosion Tuesday outside the Iraqi Foreign Ministry in Baghdad. No one was injured in the blast, which occurred near where coalition authorities are based.

And in southwest Baghdad, several hundred Iraqis demonstrated outside a Shiite mosque saying American forces had illegally detained a local cleric. The demonstration was monitored by U.S. soldiers in about 20 Humvees, while two helicopters hovered over the scene of the protest.

Meanwhile, about 2,000 former employees of the Iraqi intelligence service demonstrated in Baghdad demanding they get their old jobs back. The former intelligence officers have been demonstrating almost weekly, demanding jobs or pay.

Elsewhere, a former Iraqi army special forces officer was captured by U.S. troops during a predawn raid in Baqouba, north of Baghdad. According to the U.S. military, the officer helped organize attacks against U.S. forces. Six other people were taken into custody. A suitcase filled with bomb-making materials was discovered along with various other weapons and large amounts of ammunition.