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Mortar attack on coalition building kills one Iraqi


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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A mortar shell hit a coalition military building north of here Wednesday, killing one Iraqi and injuring 12 others, according to U.S. Central Command.

No U.S. troops were injured in the attack.

Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division, stationed at the civil military operations center in Samarra, reported hearing three explosions, according to the CentCom statement released Thursday.

The soldiers contacted local police, who found the 13 casualties. The attackers were not found and the incident is still under investigation.

Samarra is about 75 miles (121 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

The civil military operations center in Samarra assists with humanitarian efforts by linking the military with governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations in Iraq.

"This is one of numerous incidents recently where Iraqi resistors have attacked Coalition forces or Coalition Provisional Authority locations and injured or killed Iraqi citizens," the CentCom statement said.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday that attacks on U.S. troops by Iraqi "dead-enders" will continue for some time, but there is no sign of a central or regional organization behind them.

Ambushes have killed 16 U.S. troops in Iraq since President Bush declared an end to major combat May 1, and another 36 have died in accidents. U.S. forces have launched a major effort to hunt down remaining pockets of resistance, dubbed "Operation Desert Scorpion."

One U.S. soldier was killed and another wounded Wednesday in a drive-by attack in southern Baghdad. In a separate incident, U.S. soldiers killed two Iraqi demonstrators during an angry protest by former soldiers who had not been paid in three months.


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