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At Least 5 Killed, Senior Iraqi Council Official Wounded in Baghdad Blast - 2004-05-22

A car bomb in Baghdad has killed at least five people and wounded a senior Iraqi security official.

The explosion occurred Saturday, outside the home of Abdul Jabbar al-Sheikhli, an Iraqi deputy interior minister, who is reported to be in stable condition in a Baghdad hospital.

The dead included four Iraqi security guards and a woman, who has not been identified. A number of people were wounded.

Thick black smoke was seen rising from the area, as Iraqi police and U.S. troops sealed off the area in eastern Baghdad not far from the former Iraqi intelligence headquarters and a small American military base.

It was the second attack in a week targeting a senior Iraqi official. On Monday, a suicide car bombing killed the president of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council, Izzadine Saleem and about six other people, not far from the U.S.-led coalition headquarters in the Iraqi capital.

In another development, U.S. military officials say an American soldier was killed and three others wounded in an ambush south of Baghdad. The officials said the soldiers' vehicle was targeted by a car bomb.

The officials did not say when the attack took place.