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MOSUL, Iraq — Four American soldiers were injured and an Iraqi interpreter was killed Tuesday when two Iraqi police officers opened fire on them in this northern city, according to U.S. military officials.

According to initial reports, the soldiers and two interpreters were having lunch with the police officers when they opened fire. The other interpreter was wounded.

There were conflicting reports on whether the gunmen were apprehended. The military has not released the survivors’ names or medical conditions.

The shooting was the latest in a string of similar incidents involving Iraqi security forces in the Mosul area.

On Nov. 25, a Marine and an Army soldier were killed when a man in an Iraqi army uniform opened fire while they were giving out blankets near Baaj, southwest of Mosul near the Syrian border. Two Marines and three Iraqi civilians were wounded in what military officials said seemed to be unprovoked attack.

Earlier that month, an Iraqi soldier ambushed U.S. soldiers in a courtyard of a military base in a Mosul neighborhood, killing two Americans and wounding six before he died in an ensuing gunbattle.

In December 2007, an Iraqi soldier opened fire on U.S. troops during a joint patrol in Mosul, killing two Americans and wounding three others along with a civilian interpreter. The Iraqi soldier was apprehended.

Mosul remains one of Iraq’s most violent areas, widely considered one of the last strongholds of insurgent groups. U.S. forces are in the midst of a monthlong house-to-house drive to clear the city of insurgents.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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