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Five killed in Mosul blast

BAGHDAD, AUG. 1. A car bomb exploded outside a police station in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul today, killing at least five people and injuring 53 others, police said.

The blast followed a night of clashes between U.S. troops and insurgents that killed 12 Iraqis and wounded 39 others in the troubled city of Fallujah, west of the capital. Northwest of Baghdad, insurgents detonated a bomb late yesterday that wounded four U.S. troops, who shot dead one attacker, the military said today.

In central Baghdad, guerillas set off a roadside bomb that killed two civilians and wounded two others, said Fawad Allah, an officer at Karradah police station. A driver for the British Broadcasting Corporation received non-life-threatening wounds to the head, the BBC's Baghdad bureau chief said.

128 detenus freed

Meanwhile, U.S. authorities released 128 prisoners from a detention camp at Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, bringing the total number of detenus released since January to 7,000.

The 8 a.m. blast in Mosul occurred when a white four-wheel drive vehicle sped into a restricted entrance outside the Summar police station, prompting guards to open fire, said Abdella Zuheir, a policeman at the scene. The vehicle then came to halt and exploded, he said.

A roadside bombing near the town of Samarra on Sunday killed one U.S. soldier and wounded two others, the military said on Sunday.

The attack, about 12:30 p.m., hit a passing patrol of 1st Infantry Division soldiers in Samarra, a hotbed of violence 100 km north of Baghdad.

Attacks in Baghdad

Attackers also fired two mortar rounds into central Baghdad on Sunday, hitting an open field and a U.S. base. No casualties were immediately reported.

Witnesses said one round landed at a U.S. base at the old Muthanna airport. The military had no immediate information.

A second round exploded in an open field near the headquarters of the Shia-dominated Dawa party. — AP/DPA

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