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Suicide Bomber Wounds 11 In Baghdad

15 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Police say a suicide bomber on a motorcycle wounded at least 11 people today when he blew himself up in a central Baghdad restaurant.

The attack occurred as Iraqi leaders were holding last minute talks to agree on the country's new constitution.

Parliament has scheduled a special session for 6 p.m. local time to consider the draft, but it is still not clear whether the document will be ready on time.

A meeting with leaders of all main parties is expected later in the day.

Jalaladin al-Shagir, a lawmaker from the biggest Shi'ite party, said he believes political leaders were leaning toward extending the deadline for up to a month.

Once it is approved by parliament, the draft constitution must be voted on in a referendum in October.


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