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Bombing in Iraq Kills Security Contractors

30 April 2006

British officials say a roadside bombing against a private security convoy in Iraq has killed three people and wounded two south of Baghdad.

The officials said they could not confirm reports that the dead include British nationals.

Insurgents carried out several other bomb and shooting attacks Sunday, including a bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood that killed three Iraqis.

But Iraqi President Jalal Talabani says he believes he is close to reaching an agreement with seven armed groups to end the violence.

On the political front, the speaker of Iraq's parliament asked the assembly to convene on May 3, as Prime Minister-designate Nouri Al-Maliki works to form his government.

The incoming prime minister has until May 21 to submit his cabinet to parliament for approval.

The majority Shi'ite alliance and Sunni Arab parties are at odds over the post of deputy prime minister, with the Sunnis wanting to retain the post.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military in Iraq says coalition forces captured seven wanted insurgents and detained more than 50 other suspects during raids Saturday in the Yusifiyah area, south of Baghdad.

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

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