Two US troops killed after bloody weekend

16 February 2004
Two US soldiers were killed in separate roadside bomb attacks on 16 February, two days after 27 people died in an attack on a police post in Fallujah. The first troop died in an explosion in central Baghdad, which also wounded one other soldier. Later, another soldier was killed and four more were wounded in an attack in Baquba, north of the capital.

During what has been a bloody 72 hours in Iraq, at least 27 people, including 22 police, were killed on 14 February when guerrillas armed with mortars raided the police headquarters in Fallujah. An estimated 20 prisoners were also freed in the raid.

A US civilian was killed and three injured on the same day when gunmen opened fire on a taxi travelling from Babylon to Baghdad. The victims were reported to be from a religious group.

In a breakthrough for the US-led coalition, former Baath party official Mohammad Zimam Abd Razzaq al-Saadun was arrested on 15 February. Al-Saadun was number 41 on a list of most-wanted Iraqis issued by the US.

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