Sadr City Bomb Kills 4 Americans

Second attack in as many days targeting reconstruction efforts
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2008 8:23 AM CDT
Qasim al Sudani, an al-Sadr city council member lies on a bed in Sadr city, Baghdad on Tuesday, June 24, 2008. Sudani was wounded after a bomb struck a municipal council building today.   (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
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(Newser) – Two US troops and two US government employees were killed today during a suicide bombing at a local council building in Baghdad's Sadr City, the LA Times reports. The blast, the second this week that targeted Americans meeting with local officials, also claimed the lives of two Iraqis and wounded several others. Yesterday a gunman killed two US soldiers as they left a municipal building about 15 miles from the capital.

The Americans had been visiting the Sadr City site for a scheduled meeting with Iraqi municipal leaders, part of the US effort to rebuild local institutions and businesses in areas recently reclaimed from militias.  (Read more Iraq stories.)