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Attack near U.S.-Iraq outpost kills 10

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• NEW: 13 people killed in four newly reported Iraq attacks, police say
• Outpost ambush kills two U.S. troops, eight Iraqi police, officials say
• Iraqi officials: Attack included three suicide car bombs, 50 gunmen
• Five U.S. military deaths reported in Anbar province since Friday
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- An attack by three suicide car bombers Monday near a U.S.-Iraqi outpost killed two American soldiers and eight Iraqi police officers, Iraqi officials told CNN.

The U.S. military confirmed the American deaths and said 17 U.S. troops were wounded in the "coordinated attack" north of Baghdad, but it did not reveal the strike's exact location.

Iraqi officials said the insurgents targeted Iraqi police headquarters in Tarmiya -- about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Baghdad -- which also houses U.S. troops.

After a series of three suicide car bombings, 50 gunmen opened fire on the outpost, the Iraqi officials said.

Insurgents fired small arms and threw grenades after an initial car bombing, a U.S. military official said.

The site, which is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Baghdad, has been secured and the incident is under investigation, according to the U.S. military.

The latest deaths bring to 3,140 the number of U.S. military personnel, including seven Department of Defense civilians, killed in the Iraq war.

The ambush comes as about 112,000 U.S. and Iraqi forces continue a Baghdad security crackdown dubbed "Fardh Al-Qanoon," or "Enforcing the Law." (Watch how Iraq is doing under new crackdown Video)

Attackers also struck civilian targets Monday in the capital. Mortars slammed into a residential area in southern Baghdad's Dora district Monday afternoon, killing 11 people and wounding 14 others, Iraqi police said.

Earlier, a bomb exploded inside a minibus in central Baghdad, killing two people and wounding eight others, police said.

According to police, the attack took place in the Karrada district around 8:30 a.m. (12:30 a.m. ET)

About 30 minutes later, six people were killed and 40 others were wounded when a pair of roadside bombs exploded near an Iraqi police patrol in the Zafaraniya district of southeastern Baghdad, police said. Three Iraqi police were among the dead, and 10 were among the wounded, police said.

In Mahmoudiya, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Baghdad, a car bomb exploded along a street, killing one person and wounding four more, police said.

Around midday, a suicide car bomber attacked an Iraqi police checkpoint north of Ramadi, wounding at least four people.

Ramadi is about 60 miles west of Baghdad in Anbar province.

Seven detained near Tikrit

Coalition forces detained seven suspected terrorists and destroyed a vehicle rigged with explosives during a raid east of Tikrit on Monday morning, a U.S. military statement said.

The raid was launched after intelligence reports "indicated a suspected terrorist with ties to the foreign fighter facilitator network was working the targeted area," the statement said.

In apprehending the targeted individual, coalition forces also detained six other suspected terrorists.

The forces also discovered a vehicle bomb on the property and destroyed it, the military said.

Tikrit is about 80 miles north of Baghdad.

Other developments

  • North of Baghdad in Baiji, a roadside bomb attack on a convoy of Iraqi government ministers and other officials left three Iraqi police dead and six wounded, an official with Tikrit police said. None of the officials were injured in the attack. Among the government officials in the convoy were the ministers of oil and electricity, as well as the governor of Salaheddin and the mayor of Baiji, the police official said.
  • An attack on an Iraqi army officer's home in Dhuluiya, about 50 miles north of Baghdad, killed five people, including an Iraqi soldier, and wounded 10, six of them Iraqi soldiers, the Tikrit police official said. The army officer was not hurt in the attack.
  • At an Iraqi police checkpoint in northeast Tikrit, gunmen killed two police officers and wounded another, the Tikrit police official said.
  • In the town of Tuz Kharmato, gunmen on Sunday night attacked a laundromat that services uniforms for Iraqi soldiers, killing three workers, the Tikrit police official said. The town is about 100 miles north of Baghdad.
  • A U.S. Marine assigned to Multi-National Force-West was killed Monday during fighting in Iraq's Anbar province, according to a U.S. military news release. The Marine is the fifth American service member attached to Multi-National Force-West to die in Anbar fighting since Friday.
  • CNN's Arwa Damon, Jomana Karadsheh, Barbara Starr and Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.


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