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Roadside bombs claim more lives in Basra, Baghdad

AGENCIES , BAGHDAD AND BASRA, IRAQ

A roadside bomb wounded four British soldiers in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Sunday evening, a British military spokeswoman said yesterday.

Captain Kelly Goodall gave no other details about the incident in Basra, an oil-rich city where security has deteriorated over the past year as rival Shiite factions tussle for power.

Meanwhile, north of Baghdad, a roadside bomb ripped through a bus yesterday and killed 10 people working for an organization opposed to the Iranian regime, police said. Another 12 were injured in the blast.

The blast occurred just after daybreak near Khalis, 80km north of Baghdad in Diyala province, an area notorious for such attacks, provincial police said.

All of the dead were workers at the Ashraf base of the Mujahedeen Khalk, which opposes Iran's regime.

In other attacks, a roadside bomb killed a police officer and injured two others in downtown Baghdad, while one man was killed and six were injured when a bomb hidden in a minivan used as a bus exploded.

One day earlier, a tribal chief who challenged Iraq's most feared terrorist and sent fighters to help US troops battle al-Qaeda in western Iraq died in a hail of bullets -- the latest victim of an apparent insurgent campaign against Sunni Arabs who work with Americans.

The prime minister, meanwhile, was frustrated again in trying to fill key security posts, and his spokesman hinted at a deadline if the impasse continued. Nouri al-Maliki is trying to get Shiite and Sunni politicians to agree on candidates who are independent and not tied to sectarian militias.

Shootings and bombings killed nine people and wounded 35 across the country on Sunday, and the bodies of at least 10 more people were found in Baghdad, possible victims of the sectarian bloodshed tearing at Iraq.

The most significant killing involved Sheik Osama al-Jadaan, who was ambushed by gunmen as he was being driven in Baghdad's Mansour district, a predominantly Sunni Arab area.

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