| GEO World|
| Iraq says police killed four US soldiers|
| Updated at: 2240 PST, Tuesday, February 24, 2009|
BAGHDAD: An interior ministry official said Iraqi policemen shot dead four US soldiers and their local interpreter in the main northern city of Mosul on Tuesday.
But the US military, in an initial report, said three soldiers and an interpreter were wounded and a second interpreter killed, although its information was yet to be confirmed.
"Four US soldiers and their Iraqi interpreter were killed by two Iraqi policemen who opened fire at them in the Dawasa district of (central) Mosul and then fled," the official told media, declining to be named.
The incident took place during a US army visit to the Mosul headquarters of the Iraqi police in charge of protecting the city's bridges and tunnels, local police said. The bullet-riddled body of the interpreter was taken to the local mortuary.
But the US military confirmed only the death of one interpreter, stressing that its report was pending investigation.
"Three US soldiers were injured in the attack at an Iraqi police station in Nineveh province along with an interpreter. A second interpreter was killed during the attack," the US military said in a statement.
"The injured personnel were taken to the combat support hospital in Mosul. An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause and nature of the attack. This is an initial report," it said.