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Bombings, mortar fire kill 8 in Iraq

June 12, 2008|From the Associated Press

BAGHDAD — A bomb planted near a bridge in north Baghdad killed five people on passing minibuses during rush hour Wednesday, Iraqi police said.

A woman and a 7-year-old boy were among the dead, and at least 10 people were wounded in the mostly Shiite Muslim neighborhood of Hurriya, an officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of security concerns.

Across town, two mortar rounds hit a busy street in the central district of Karada, killing a civilian and wounding five, police said.

Two more roadside bombs targeted a passing police patrol in Kut, south of the capital, killing two officers and wounding five, said another officer who requested anonymity for similar reasons.

Despite the violence, the Iraqi army said Wednesday that 350 Shiite Muslim families had returned to their homes in south Baghdad's mixed Dora neighborhood after fleeing earlier attacks.

The U.S. military said it captured an Iranian-trained bomb expert southeast of Baghdad during a raid on the man's home.

The suspect is believed to have traveled to Iran several times for explosives training and to have numerous Iranian contacts who help him smuggle weapons and bomb-making materials into Iraq, according to a military statement.

The military described the explosives expert as a member of a "special group" -- language the U.S. uses to describe Shiite militiamen defying a cease-fire order by anti-American cleric Muqtada Sadr.

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