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Wave of Attacks in Iraq; Truce Holds in Najaf and Kufa - 2004-06-05


Two U.S. soldiers were killed in a roadside attack in Baghdad Saturday, while calm appeared to be returning to the Iraqi cities of Najaf and Kufa.

The American soldiers were killed when a bomb exploded as they drove through eastern Baghdad. At least two other troops were wounded in the incident.

In other attacks in Baghdad, militiamen fired mortars at a police station in the Sadr city neighborhood. U.S. troops fired back, wounding at least one person. Gunmen also attacked two civilian vehicles near Baghdad airport. Reports say the attack killed two people.

And in Mosul, a civilian contractor was killed when insurgents ambushed his convoy. Police say assailants also fired rocket-propelled grenades at an army recruitment center in the northern city, wounding at least 17 people. Most of the injured had been waiting in line to apply for jobs.

Meanwhile, in the holy cities of Najaf and Kufa, a truce between U.S. forces and Shi'ite militiamen appeared to be holding. Iraqi police patrolled streets around sensitive holy sites, while residents said fighters loyal to radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr had withdrawn from their positions. The fighters have not left the cities, but were said to be no longer brandishing weapons.