Police go on killing spree in revenge for attacks

BAGHDAD - Officials said off-duty Shiite policemen enraged by huge bombings in the northern town of Tal Afar went on a revenge killing spree there today, gunning down an unspecified number of Sunni residents.

They said the policemen began roaming Sunni neighborhoods early in the morning, shooting at Sunni residents and homes.

Dozens of Sunnis were killed or wounded, they said, but they had no precise figures. The shooting continued for more than two hours, the officials said.

Army troops later moved into the Sunni areas to stop the violence, said the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Two truck bombs hit markets in Tal Afar on Tuesday, killing at least 63 people.

In Baghdad, a U.S. soldier and an American working as a U.S. government contractor were killed by a rocket attack on the heavily guarded Green Zone, U.S. officials said. Another contract worker suffered serious wounds and three were slightly wounded. A soldier also was wounded.

A Marine died during combat operations in Anbar province, a hotbed of Sunni Arab insurgents west of Baghdad, the military said in a statement.

U.S. soldiers, meanwhile, foiled two suicide truck bombers trying to attack their base in a small town 50 miles west of Baghdad and killed as many as 15 attackers, the military said. It said eight soldiers suffered wounds, all but one of them slight, during the firefight in Karmah.