Skip to main content

2 U.S. troops missing, 1 killed in attack

Prominent Shiite mosque hit again; 11 killed
Iraqis gather around the coffins of five children who were killed while sleeping.


• Interactive: Who's who in Iraq
• Interactive: Sectarian divide



BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A U.S. soldier was killed and two were unaccounted for Friday after they came under attack at a traffic checkpoint in Yusufiya, about 20 miles southwest of Baghdad.

A quick reaction team was searching for the missing soldiers early Saturday morning. The team was dispatched to the scene after other troops nearby heard gunfire.

The soldiers were officially listed as "whereabouts unknown," which means they could have been captured or killed or could be hiding out.

The death brought to 2,492 the number of U.S. troops killed in the Iraq war. Seven American civilian employees of the military also have died in the conflict.

In other violence earlier, a suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt attacked the Buratha Mosque in Baghdad during Friday prayers, killing 11 and wounding 25, police said, two months after 81 people were killed there.

The attack in the Autaifiya neighborhood was carried out just after noon, despite a massive security crackdown involving 70,000 Iraqi troops and a ban on driving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., designed to thwart such violence during Friday observances.

Buratha is a prominent mosque affiliated with the Shiite political movement Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.

It was not clear if the imam -- parliament member Sheikh Jalaluddin al-Saghir who's affiliated with the Shiite-led United Iraqi Alliance -- was at the mosque.

The attack that killed 80 took place April 7, also during Friday prayers, was thought to have been carried out by Sunnis, amid an upsurge in sectarian violence triggered by the February bombing of the Shiite Askariya Mosque in Samarra.

Also Friday, three civilians were killed and 16 others wounded during a mortar strike in a residential part of northern Baghdad around 12:20 p.m., police said.

An overnight curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. will begin in Baghdad on Friday until further notice, officials say.

Sleeping children killed

Five children were killed while they slept outside with their family, next to an empty house where a bomb planted by insurgents exploded.

The roof of the family's house collapsed on them, police in Baquba said.

Three sisters and two brothers died. Four other people were wounded, police said.

The children who died were between 6 and 13 years old, hospital officials said, and included 6-year-old twins. Others wounded in the house included the mother, father and two unspecified relatives.

Police don't know what the motive was but said the house belonged to a government employee involved in security at the Baquba hospital.

During the hot summer months, Iraqis frequently sleep in their gardens or on their roofs because of the nation's electricity shortage.

Sources: Haditha report done

Maj. Gen. Eldon Bargewell -- charged with leading an investigation into the deaths of Iraqi civilians in Haditha -- has completed a report, according to military sources.

The investigation was to determine how the Haditha incident was reported and whether there was a cover-up. No findings or date of the public release of the report were disclosed.

Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, who as head of Multinational Corps-Iraq is the second highest in commander in Iraq, will review the report.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is conducting a separate criminal inquiry.

The investigations stem from allegations that U.S. Marines killed up to 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha last November after a roadside bomb killed one of their own.

Other developments

  • The U.S. Army has begun an investigation into the deaths last month "of three males in coalition force custody," the U.S. military said Friday. Chiarelli said the deaths occurred on or about May 9 in southern Salaheddin province, north of Baghdad.
  • The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a timetable Friday for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The nonbinding resolution, which also labels the war part of a global fight against terrorism, passed 256-153. On Thursday, the Senate rejected 93-6 a call to withdraw combat troops by year's end. (Full story)
  • The U.S. military revealed Thursday for the first time a photo of the man said to be the new leader of al Qaeda in Iraq: Egyptian-born Abu Ayyub al-Masri. The senior al Qaeda in Iraq operative is believed to have taken over the terror network after al-Zarqawi was killed last week. (Full story)
  • CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq, Cal Perry and Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

    Story Tools
    Subscribe to Time for $1.99 cover
    Top Stories
    Get up-to-the minute news from CNN gives you the latest stories and video from the around the world, with in-depth coverage of U.S. news, politics, entertainment, health, crime, tech and more.
    Top Stories
    Get up-to-the minute news from CNN gives you the latest stories and video from the around the world, with in-depth coverage of U.S. news, politics, entertainment, health, crime, tech and more.
    Search JobsMORE OPTIONS

    © 2007 Cable News Network.
    A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
    Terms under which this service is provided to you.
    Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us. Site Map.
    Offsite Icon External sites open in new window; not endorsed by
    Pipeline Icon Pay service with live and archived video. Learn more
    Radio News Icon Download audio news  |  RSS Feed Add RSS headlines