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Bomb kills 2 U.S. soldiers in Iraq

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A roadside bomb in central Tikrit has killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded five others, according to the U.S. military.

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The incident happened around 5 a.m. Saturday (9 p.m. Friday ET) as the soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division patrolled the hometown of Saddam Hussein in an armored Humvee, the military added.

The latest violence comes as the insurgency against U.S. troops persists and the coalition continues its political work towards passing sovereignty to Iraqis on June 30.

On Thursday, two U.S. soldiers were killed when the vehicle they were in was hit by a roadside bomb in Habbiniyah, coalition officials said.

And in the latest political development, Paul Bremer, top U.S. civilian administrator, started consultations on the next phase of the sovereignty process -- the shape of a caretaker government that would run the country.

Meanwhile, during Friday prayers, prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr criticized the U.S.-backed interim constitution signed earlier this week and what he considered weak Sunni condemnation of the Karbala and Baghdad attacks, which killed more than 180 people last week.

Al-Sadr slammed the constitution, saying it is "a sale of Iraq, and it is a stamp of shame for whoever signed it." He demanded all parties to veto the document and endorse a new one.

Shiite members of the Iraq Governing Council held up the signing of the interim constitution for several days because of their concerns over the veto power for a permanent constitution.

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