BAGHDAD (AP) - The U.S. military says 3 soldiers have been
killed and nine others wounded in a roadside bombing in southern
Army Maj. David Shoupe said the soldiers were killed Thursday
when a bomb exploded at about 10:38 a.m. while American troops were
patrolling near a popular outdoor market in the southern district
He says four civilians have also been killed in the blast. Iraqi
police and hospital officials put the civilian toll at 12 killed
and 25 wounded.
Shoupe says initial reports that the attack was caused by a
suicide bomber could not be confirmed.