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.)