Iraqi military says bodies of two missing U.S. soldiers found

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A senior Iraqi military official says the bodies of two missing U-S soldiers have been discovered near where they disappeared and a U-S military officer says two unidentified bodies have been found.

Private Kristian Menchaca of Houston, Texas, and Private Thomas Tucker, of Madras Oregon, vanished at a traffic checkpoint after an attack that killed another soldier about 12 miles south of Baghdad. The Sunni region is the site of frequent ambushes of U-S soldiers and Iraqi troops.

A U-S military spokesman says troops searching for the soldiers killed three suspected insurgents and detained 34 in fighting that also left seven U-S servicemen wounded.

A farmer claiming to have witnessed the attack said Sunday that insurgents swarmed the scene, killing the driver of a Humvee before taking two of his comrades captive. His account could not be verified independently.