Iraqi soldier kills 2, hurts 6 U.S. troops

An Iraqi boy inspects a damaged car after a car bomb exploded Wednesday in north Baghdad. At least 25 people died.

Associated Press

An Iraqi boy inspects a damaged car after a car bomb exploded Wednesday in north Baghdad. At least 25 people died.

BAGHDAD — An Iraqi soldier shot and killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded at least six others Wednesday in Mosul, the American military said. As the shootings occurred in northern Iraq, violence continued in Baghdad, with at least 25 people killed in bombings across the capital.

The shootings of the U.S. troops occurred in an Iraqi army compound in western Mosul outside a building where two U.S. Army lieutenants were conferring with an Iraqi captain, the American military said. Just before noon, an Iraqi soldier, Barzan Mohammed, walked into the compound with an AK-47 submachine gun and began the shooting rampage, according to the U.S. military.

U.S. Army spokeswoman Maj. Peggy Kageleiry said Mohammed said something to another Iraqi soldier and began shooting the Americans.

U.S. soldiers shot and killed Mohammed. The six wounded American soldiers, who were waiting outside the building for the junior officers, are being treated at a military hospital.

The Army didn't identify any of the victims, pending the notification of their next of kin.

Iraqi police reported that the soldiers and Mohammed had argued and that a U.S. soldier had slapped Mohammed before he fired his weapon.

The American military said the shooting was unprovoked, however.

Iraqi soldier kills 2, hurts 6 U.S. troops 11/12/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 9:37am]

    

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