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Bombs kill 13, wound 50 in Iraqi cities

Suicide attack at Kurdish funeral kills 25

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Hours after six car bombs rocked separate locations in Baghdad and Mosul, two more exploded late Monday, including one targeting a U.S. military convoy near the Abu Ghraib prison, Iraqi police said.

The day's eight bombings killed at least 13 Iraqis and wounded 50 others. More than 100 Iraqis, most of them security forces and civilians, have died in attacks since Thursday's election of a new Cabinet by the transitional National Assembly. (Full story)

The bombings came a day after a suicide attack during the funeral of a Kurdish official killed about 25 people.

In the bombing near Abu Ghraib, police said a suicide car bomber apparently was trying to target a U.S. convoy when his vehicle detonated around 8:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. ET). (Map)

The U.S. military said the car bomb detonated prematurely, killing only the attacker, and no U.S. personnel were wounded.

Less than an hour later, a car bomb blew up at an Iraqi national guard checkpoint south of Baghdad, near a highway ramp on the way from Yousifiya to Mahmoudiya. One Iraqi guardsman was killed and six were wounded, police said.

Earlier in the day, four car bombs exploded in separate locations in Baghdad, and two more in the northern city of Mosul, officials said.

A car bomb exploded around 10 a.m. (2 a.m. ET) Monday outside a building in the Karrada neighborhood of the city's south-central region, killing nine Iraqi civilians and wounding 12 others, said an official with Baghdad's emergency police.

About 10 minutes earlier, a car bomb in northwest Baghdad's Hurriya neighborhood wounded two Iraqi commandos, the official said.

The leader of Baghdad's commando forces, Maj. Gen. Rasheed Aflayeh, was in the convoy but escaped unharmed, the official said.

About two hours later, two Iraqi policemen died when a car bomb exploded in east-central Baghdad's Zayouna neighborhood, the emergency police official said. That explosion wounded 11 others.

In northern Baghdad's Tarmiya area, a car bomb targeting an Iraqi army convoy exploded, wounding four people, the Baghdad emergency police official said.

The U.S. military reported the attacks in Mosul killed a child and wounded 15 civilians.

Attack in Tal Afar

Reports differed regarding a bomb attack Sunday during the Kurd official's funeral.

Khasro Goran, deputy governor of Nineveh province, said the explosion in the northern town of Tal Afar was a car bomb.

But a medical official said the attacker was wearing a vest packed with explosives. The blast wounded at least 50 people.

Tal Afar, between Mosul and the Syrian border, has been the scene of numerous recent clashes between insurgents, Iraqi government troops and U.S. forces.

"We know that in Tal Afar there are a lot of Islamists there and have been since a long time ago," Goran said. "These terrorists are attacking police and [Iraqi national guard] and American forces inside Tal Afar and in Mosul and other areas.

"There are former members of [the] Baath Party, and there are groups linked to al Qaeda and al-Zarqawi in Tal Afar," he said, referring to the Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who is accused of bombings and abductions in Iraq.

The Kurdish Democratic Party member who was being buried was related to a Nineveh Provincial Council member assassinated Saturday in Mosul.

Earlier Sunday, at least 13 Iraqis were killed and 12 others wounded in three attacks in Baghdad, Iraqi police said.

Other developments

  • U.S. Army Pfc. Lynndie England -- the reservist whose image symbolized the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq -- pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to the abuse at the Baghdad facility. (Full story)
  • Political factions in Iraq's transitional National Assembly have reached a consensus on six of seven remaining Cabinet posts, a senior adviser to Prime Minister-designate Ibrahim al-Jaafari told CNN. The names will be announced Tuesday, he said, noting that the defense post remained under discussion.
  • Australia's government confirmed one of its citizens has been taken captive in Iraq, but Prime Minister John Howard said Monday that his government will not heed insurgent demands to withdraw its troops. Howard said the hostage, Douglas Wood, is a contractor who has lived in California since 1992. (Full story)
  • A British soldier died Monday in Iraq of injuries sustained in hostile action, Britain's Ministry of Defense said. The ministry declined to release further details until the soldier's next of kin has been notified.
  • CNN's Kevin Flower, Geoff Hiscock and Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.

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