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Car Bombs, Attacks in Baghdad Kill 30 Iraqis

05 December 2006

Iraqi security officials say about 30 people have been killed and many others wounded in car bomb blasts and an attack on a bus in Baghdad.

Officials said at least 14 people were killed when gunmen attacked a bus of workers in northern Baghdad Tuesday. The victims were employees of the Shi'ite Endowment - the government agency that takes care of the country's Shi'ite mosques and shrines.

A top Sunni Endowment official and three of his bodyguards were killed last week in an ambush attack in the southern city of Basra.

In other violence, today police say at least 15 people were killed and 25 wounded in three car bomb explosions near a gas station in the mixed neighborhood of Bayaa in Baghdad.

Separately, the U.S. military says one American soldier died and five others were wounded when insurgents attacked a U.S. troop patrol Monday in the Iraqi capital.

The military also said coalition forces captured 10 suspected terrorists during raids Monday in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq.

In Washington, President Bush told visiting Iraqi Shi'ite leader Abdel Aziz al-Hakim Monday that Iran and Syria must halt what he termed "destructive activity" that weakens Iraq's fragile government. Mr. Bush also said Washington is not satisfied with the pace of progress in Iraq.

Hakim also held talks with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and later urged Washington not to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, but to transfer more military authority to the Iraqi government.

Hakim also said he opposes any regional or international effort that goes around the Iraqi government, adding that Iraqis will solve Iraqi problems with the help of their friends.

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