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6 Killed, 40 Wounded In Baghdad Car Bombings

24 April 2006

Three car bombs have exploded in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least six people and wounding about 40 others.

Iraqi officials say three people were killed and 25 wounded Monday in a blast near the Ministry of Health building. Hours later, bombs hidden in two cars near Mustansiriya University in eastern Baghdad killed three people and wounded at least 15 others.

The attacks, which follow a rocket blast that killed seven people Sunday, come as Prime Minister-designate Jawad al-Maliki begins the daunting task of trying to form a national unity government.

Mr. Maliki was designated prime minister Saturday, ending a four-month deadlock over the post.

President Bush commended Iraq's political leaders Sunday for their breakthrough toward forming a permanent government, but stressed the new leadership must now get to work fighting the country's insurgency.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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