Militia fighters attacked a provincial headquarters in Karbala, the Shi'ite holy city south of Baghdad, killing five American soldiers Saturday night, the US military reported.
The military statement said "an illegaly armed militia group" attacked the building with grenades, small arms and "indirect fire," which usually means mortars or rockets.
"A meeting was taking place at the time of the attack to ensure the security of Shi'ite pilgrims participating in the Ashura commemorations," said Brig. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, deputy commander for Multi-National Division-Baghdad.
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