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3 Killed in Iraq Bomb Attacks - 2004-03-13


A bomb has exploded in a store in central Baghdad killing a man believed to be a relative of a member of the U.S. appointed Iraqi Governing Council.

Witnesses said one or two men entered the clothing store with a package and left before the building was rocked by the explosion. The store was badly damaged and the windows of nearby buildings were shattered by the blast.

Iraqi police and witnesses who knew the victim say he was related to a member of Iraq's Governing Council.

In an earlier incident Saturday, two U.S. soldiers were killed and four others wounded in the city of Tikrit, the hometown of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

U.S. officials say the troops were patrolling the city, when a roadside bomb exploded.

And Friday, officials investigating the murders of two U.S. civilians and their Iraqi interpreter, said six people have been detained for interrogation, including four Iraqi police officers. The American civilians and their translator worked for the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Five other Iraqis connected to the U.S.-led coalition have been killed in Iraq in the last eight days.

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