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Bomb Kills US Soldier in Iraq

An American soldier has been killed and two others wounded in a roadside bomb explosion Thursday, in Iraq.

A U.S. military spokesman said the bomb went off as the soldiers passed on a road in the town of Baquba, north of Baghdad.

U.S. officials have warned that insurgents fighting the U.S.-led coalition may step up their attacks in the period before the scheduled June 30 transfer of sovereignty from the coalition to an Iraqi interim government.

Late Wednesday, another U.S. soldier was killed and one wounded in an insurgent attack on a military convoy near the town of Taji, also north of the capital. Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt said soldiers returned fire, killing at least three insurgents.

The U.S. civilian administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, said Wednesday despite the security situation, Iraq is on the path to democracy and at peace with its neighbors.

In a speech marking the start of the last 100 days until the transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqis, Paul Bremer said security is a top priority for Iraqis. He says he will establish a defense ministry and national security council for Iraq this week.