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Mortars hit girls' school in Iraq; U.S. chopper reported down

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BAGHDAD, Iraq - Police in Baghdad say at least five students at a girls' secondary school have died after mortar shells rained down on a mostly Sunni area of the Iraqi capital.  Several projectiles exploded in the courtyard of the school. Witnesses and police say another 20 people were wounded.

At least seven people are dead and dozens hurt in a string of bombings in Baghdad today. Four were killed when a bomb in a parked car blew up in Sadr City. Two died minutes later when a bomb hidden in a bag went off in another neighborhood. And at least one person was killed when a bomb left on a minibus blew up.

Elsewhere in Baghdad, the engineering director of the industry and mines ministry was gunned down, along with his daughter, a colleague and their driver. A ministry statement says they were traveling in a Sunni neighborhood when two cars blocked their way and eight gunmen inside opened fire.

The killing is seen as the latest in a string of attacks targeting Iraqi officials regarded as American collaborators. The higher education minister survived an assassination attempt last week, when his motorcade was fired on.

Elsewhere, an Iraqi provincial governor says a U.S. helicopter went down during fighting with insurgents in northeast Iraq. U.S. officials have not confirmed that report.

The U.S. military has also reported the deaths of two more American service members. A marine died yesterday from wounds suffered in fighting in Anbar province, while another soldier died in a bombing north of Baghdad.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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