- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 24, 2003

BAGHDAD — A homemade bomb exploded yesterday along a road in the Iraqi capital, missing a U.S. military patrol but killing at least one Iraqi and injuring 18 others as it destroyed two civilian buses, police and hospital officials said.

Also yesterday, U.S. troops killed four Iraqis in two separate engagements near Saddam Hussein’s hometown, Tikrit, and seized about 1,000 rounds of ammunition in a raid around the nearby village of Uja, where the ousted Iraqi leader was born.

In Mosul, meanwhile, a bomb exploded in a movie theater advertising foreign sex films, and witnesses said two persons were killed and seven injured. Religious and political groups have warned cinema owners against showing such films after censorship ended following the collapse of Saddam’s regime.

The Baghdad bombing took place in the Azamiyah district, a commercial and residential neighborhood in the north-central part of the capital. The American vehicles escaped damage, but two buses were destroyed, according to Iraqi police Lt. Awas Ibrahim. Hospital officials reported that five of the injured were in critical condition.

U.S. troops face a growing threat of attack by roadside bombs, most of them remotely controlled so attackers can detonate them from a distance as convoys pass. Such devices, many unexploded, are discovered almost daily around this city.

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