Three American soldiers have been
killed and 13 wounded in Iraq in the latest attacks on coalition forces. Meanwhile,
police report few leads in their investigation into the assassination attempt
on a member of the Iraqi governing council.
U.S. officials said two U.S. Army military policemen were killed and 13 wounded
when two mortars struck the Abu Ghraib prison in western Baghdad.
At about the same time, a U.S. Army soldier was killed when his vehicle hit
a roadside bomb near Ramadi, about 100 kilometers west of the capital.
The Abu Ghraib prison has been the target of repeated guerrilla-style attacks
At a news briefing, U.S. Army Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel George Krivo,
offered no clues about what the attackers' motive might be. "I cannot speculate
on what the enemy's strategy is on attacking this particular prison. I can
tell you that coalition forces are taking both active and passive measures
to try to prevent these sorts of attacks in the future. However, why the enemy
is choosing a particular target or a particular methodology of attack, I cannot
speculate on that," he said.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi Interior Ministry and coalition advisers are investigating
Saturday's assassination attempt against Akila al-Hashimi, one of three women
on the 25-member governing council.
Douglas Brand is a British police officer and Interior Ministry adviser.
He told reporters about Ms. al-Hashimi's condition.
"Mrs. al-Hashimi has undergone two operations. She remains in critical, but
stable, condition at the Abin Sinha hospital under the care of top U.S. doctors.
There is an intensive investigation being undertaken by the Iraqi police service
and supported by coalition advisers. Full cooperation has been extended to
the Iraqi police service, in order that they may pursue the perpetrators of
this crime," Mr. Brand explained.
Mr. Brand and the deputy interior minister, Ahmed Ibrahim, gave reporters
no indication they have solid leads on who the perpetrators are.
They are appealing to the public to provide any information that might help