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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A Baghdad raid on suspected insurgents by U.S. and Iraqi forces on Wednesday left an Iraqi soldier and two police officers dead, police said.

Another Iraqi soldier and six police were wounded in the raid, police said, which stemmed from the kidnapping of an Iraqi civilian by insurgents in Mahmoudiya, south of the capital.

The U.S. military said the kidnapped man was taken to a house in Baghdad's Mansour neighborhood, where he was later able to escape and make his way to local police.

The escaped kidnapping victim told police where the house was and that six insurgents were inside. Police then called a joint Iraqi-U.S. unit to the house, the military said.

After the patrol was met with small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire, it called for an Iraqi Army quick-reaction force and air support, according to the military. Apache helicopters fired 30 mm rounds into the building, then held their fire as police tried to storm the house.

A structure burned down during the fighting, the military said.

Five charred bodies, thought to be insurgents, were found in a bathroom of the house, and an insurgent suspect was detained, the U.S. military said. Police reported finding a weapons cache.

Reporter detained

An Arabic-language television news network on Wednesday condemned the detention of one of its reporters in Iraq and called for his immediate release.

The network, Al-Arabiya, said Majed Hameed was detained by American forces "without any due cause" last week while "attending the mourning of a family member" in Anbar province.

An American military spokesman in Baghdad said Hameed was detained by the U.S. military and is being held in a detention facility in Ramadi. He could provide no details on the circumstances of his detention.

Commandos killed

In a second Baghdad attack on Wednesday, two Iraqi police commandos were killed in a drive-by shooting in the western part of the capital, police said.

Also, roadside bombs targeted at least four U.S. military convoys in the greater Baghdad area Wednesday morning, a military spokesman said. Two U.S. soldiers were wounded in the attacks.

Meanwhile, a senior Iraqi official said insurgents have infiltrated Iraq's security forces. The report came a few days after British forces smashed into an Iraqi police station to rescue two comrades.

The two special forces soldiers had been arrested in the southern city of Basra and allegedly handed over to local militia. (Full story)

"It is a serious violation of sovereignty if [multinational forces] has raided a police station," Iraqi national security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie said Wednesday.

In northern Iraq, the editor of the al-Safeer newspaper, Hussein al-Juburi, told CNN that two of the paper's journalists were shot dead in Mosul -- one on Tuesday and the other Friday.

In a second incident in Mosul, the U.S. military said "one child was killed and another injured when terrorists used them as human shields during coalition forces' raids of three terrorist safe houses" on Tuesday.

Seven insurgents were killed in the raids. One of them snatched up a child at one point.

"During the firefight, the hostage-holding terrorist was shot," the military said. "The same bullet that killed him also killed the child as it exited the terrorist's body."

U.S.: Terrorist captured

The U.S. military also said Wednesday that "coalition forces captured Abdul Ghafur Yahiyah Abdullah al Abdullah ... a known terrorist who served as a driver for two key al Qaeda in Iraq leaders, in Mosul September 6." He is also known as Abu Nur.

In western Iraq, where Marines and Iraqi soldiers have launched several anti-insurgent operations during recent months, a key terrorist suspect was killed on Sunday in Haditha, the U.S. military said.

He is Shehab Hamed, an al Qaeda in Iraq leader. He died in a raid on a "terrorist safe house," the U.S. military said.

Also known as Abu Ali, he has been considered "the senior al Qaeda in Iraq military Emir of al Qaim and was responsible for all terrorist operations in the al Qaim area."

Al Qaeda in Iraq has claimed responsibility for many of the worst insurgent attacks, beheadings and kidnappings of the Iraq war -- many times through audio messages by the group's leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

The United States and the Iraqi government call the Jordanian-born al-Zarqawi the most wanted terrorist in the country. The United States has posted a $25 million reward for information leading to his capture.

CNN's Arwa Damon contributed to this report.

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