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7 Car Bombs Hit Iraqi Capital

24 April 2006

A series of car bombs and shootings in Baghdad killed at least 14 Iraqis Monday and wounded more than 80 others.

Seven car bombs shook the capital and killed at least eight people. The bombs went off near the Ministry of Health, a university and other parts of the city. Another six Iraqis were killed in shootings.

The attacks come as Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Jawad al-Maliki is working to form a national unity government.

Earlier Monday, the trial of Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants briefly resumed to hear from handwriting experts who linked Saddam to the killing of more than 140 Shi'ites in the village of Dujail in 1982. The court then adjourned until May 15.

Mr. Maliki was designated prime minister Saturday after a four-month deadlock over the post among Iraq's Shi'ite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish parties.

President Bush on Sunday commended Iraq's political leaders for the 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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