A mortar blast tore through a market north of Baghdad, killing nine civilians and injuring more than a dozen others, Iraqi police said Friday. Townspeople suspected American soldiers stationed nearby may have been the target. Also Friday, the U.S. military said an American soldier was killed in an ambush in Kirkuk. Amid the continuing violence, the United Nations announced it was cutting its staff in Baghdad, and Iraqis prepared to bury an assassinated member of the country’s Governing Council. The mortar round exploded about 9 p.m. Thursday at a market in this Sunni Muslim city about 30 miles north of Baghdad. Police Gen. Waleed Khalid said nine civilians died and 15 were wounded. U.S. officials put the injured figure at 18. Full Story
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