Car bomb in Mosul injures 41 US soldiers

09 December 2003
At least 41 US soldiers were injured on 9 December in a car bombing outside a military base in Tal Afar, near the northern city of Mosul. A spokesman for the US military said a car, travelling at speed toward the base, was fired on when it failed to stop at a checkpoint. 'It was engaged by our security personnel, said US military spokesman, Hugh Cate. 'The vehicle stopped before it got into the compound and it detonated - I'm going to have to assume that it was [a suicide bomber], as the individual was driving the car and it detonated.' Cate added that the majority of injuries sustained by servicemen were the result of flying debris.

The incident happened soon after a soldier from the same base was shot and killed by four masked gunmen while on guard at a local petrol station. Witnesses said that a second US soldier was injured in the attack. The latest death brings to 193 the number of US soldiers killed since US President Bush called an end to major combat operations on 1 May.

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