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10 Dead in Iraqi Truck Bombing

03 April 2006

Iraqi authorities say a bomb blast near a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad has killed at least 10 people and wounded 30 others.

Authorities say a truck packed with explosives detonated as worshippers were leaving evening prayers Monday in northern Baghdad.

The bombing came hours after U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw completed two days of urgent meetings in Baghdad. Both diplomats called for feuding Iraqi leaders to form a new government as soon as possible.

Both diplomats said Iraqis are losing patience with their political leaders, because of their failure to form a unity government after nearly four months of negotiations.

Political pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari to step aside as the Shi'ite nominee for a second term. Iraq's Kurdish and Sunni Arab leaders say he has failed to stem Iraq's insurgency and has not done enough to ease sectarian violence.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military says three Marines and a U.S. sailor died in combat operations Sunday in al-Anbar province.

Separately, police say gunmen stormed into a home in Baghdad late Sunday and killed four occupants. In Basra, police say five adults and a child were gunned down early today.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP

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