5 US Soldiers, 4 Contractors
Killed In Iraq
Contractors' Bodies Dismembered, Dragged
Through Streets & Hung From Bridge

(Bloomberg) -- Bombings today in Iraq left five U.S. soldiers dead and three British soldiers injured, military spokeswomen said. In Fallujah, west of Baghdad, four contractors for the U.S.-led coalition were killed in an attack on their two- vehicle convoy, U.S officials said.
The nationalities of the victims and the company they were working for wasn't disclosed in a military briefing televised from Baghdad. Coalition spokesman Dan Senor said their bodies were pulled from the vehicles, and he referred to television images that showed Iraqis dragging them through the streets.
The U.S. soldiers were attacked as they rode in a military vehicle in Al-Anbar province, west of the capital, Baghdad, a U.S. military spokeswoman said by telephone from Baghdad. The U.K. soldiers were hurt southwest of the city of Basra, in the south, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defense said in a telephone interview in London. Details on the attacks weren't available, said the spokeswomen, who declined to be identified.
The contractors in Fallujah were in two four-wheel-drive vehicles when they were attacked by gunmen and the vehicles set on fire, the Associated Press said.
At least one corpse was beaten with a pole, another dragged from a car and two were hanging from a bridge, AP said. Some were dismembered. A U.S. passport and a U.S. military identification card from different men were found nearby. The AP said as many as six foreigners and one American were killed.
Fallujah also is in al-Anbar province, which takes in part of the so-called Sunni Triangle, a focus of anti-U.S. sentiment by Sunni Muslims loyal to ousted President Saddam Hussein.
At least four police officers and six civilians were hurt in a car bombing today in Baquba, north of Baghdad, and also in the Sunni Triangle, Agence France-Presse said, citing police.
The death of the five Americans in the bombing brings to 291 the total number of U.S. military personnel killed in hostilities in Iraq since U.S. President George W. Bush declared the end of major combat operations on May 1. Three months remain before the U.S. is scheduled to transfer power to a civilian Iraqi administration.
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