At least two US soldiers were killed and four others injured in a blast in the center of Tikrit,180 km north of Baghdad, Saturday morning, the US military said.
According Xinhuanet, The soldiers were on patrol around 5 a.m. in downtown Tikrit, when a roadside bomb exploded and destroyed their armored Humvee, Capt. Tim Crowe of the US Army said.
He noted small arms fire erupted in the same area shortly before the blast, possibly to distract the soldiers' attention.
After the attack, some 50 US soldiers fanned out through the city searching for evidence and asking locals for information about the attack.
The soldiers were from the army's 1st Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, which is taking over security in the Tikrit area Saturday.
The latest deaths bring to 558 the number of US service members who have died since Washington launched the Iraq war in March. Enditem.
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