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Roadside Bomb Kills 2 US Soldiers in Iraq - 2004-01-24

A roadside bomb near the central Iraqi town of Fallujah has killed two American soldiers. In a separate incident Saturday, a car bomb exploded in the city of Samarra, killing at least three Iraqis and injuring close to 40 other people, including seven U.S. soldiers who were wounded by flying glass.

U.S. military officials say the soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb went off near their convoy north of Fallujah, which lies about 80 kilometers west of Baghdad.

In a separate incident, a car bomb exploded in the city of Samarra, about 100 kilometers north of the capital. The bomb went off outside the town council building and near an American military police patrol that was turning into the central police station.

According to U.S. military officials, the injured Americans were part of a civil affairs unit working inside the city council building at the time.

Samarra and Fallujah are located in a particularly volatile region known as the Sunni Triangle. It's here that most of the deadly attacks against coalition forces and Iraqis cooperating with them have occurred.