Three American soldiers were killed and nine others wounded today as bombings in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk claimed at least 25 lives, the AP reports. The attacks came a day after a car bomb exploded near a group of restaurants in a Shiite neighborhood of northwest Baghdad, leaving 41 people dead and more than 70 others injured.
The soldiers were killed when a bomb exploded at 10:38am as they patrolled near a popular outdoor market. Another suicide bomber killed seven US-backed Sunni paramilitaries as they waited in a line to receive salaries at an Iraqi military base in Kirkuk. And a bomb exploded inside a police station in western Baghdad, killing three policemen and wounding 19 others. (Read more Iraq war stories.)