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Iraqi Governor Escapes Roadside Bombing, 3 Bodyguards Dead

02 May 2006

Officials say the governor of Iraq's most dangerous province escaped with minor wounds Tuesday when a bomb exploded near his convoy. Three of the governor's bodyguards were killed and four others were wounded.

The bomb exploded as the al-Anbar governor Maamoun Sami Rashid al-Alwani traveled to his office in Ramadi.

Meanwhile, the German Foreign Ministry says two German nationals taken hostage in Iraq in late January have been freed. The two engineers, Rene Braeunlich and Thomas Nitzschke, were kidnapped in the town of Baiji.

Elsewhere in Iraq, the U.S. military says coalition forces killed 10 insurgents in a shootout at a safe house northwest of Baghdad early Tuesday. A U.S. statement says rifles, ammunition and explosives were recovered at the scene.

In Baghdad, a bomb hidden in a minibus killed two people and wounding at least five others.

U.S. authorities say a separate roadside bomb blast in northern Baghdad wounded two American security contractors and killed a nearby ambulance crewman. A similar bombing killed a U.S. soldier late Monday south of Baghdad.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military says an Iraqi court convicted 12 insurgents in April for crimes including membership in a terrorist organization. Three defendants received life sentences.

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

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