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Iraqi leader extends state of emergency

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraq's transitional prime minister has extended the country's state of emergency for another 30 days.

Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari's decree comes amid a deadly insurgent onslaught that started when the new Shiite- and Kurdish-dominated Iraqi government came to power a couple of weeks ago.

The decree essentially puts the country, except for the Kurdish north, under martial law and allows the prime minister to restrict freedom of movement and impose curfews.

Iraq's Interior Ministry said Friday that four Palestinians have been arrested in connection with the deadly bombing in eastern Baghdad the day before. Twelve people were killed and 56 were wounded in the morning attack, Iraqi police said.

The arrests came nine hours after the attack, according to the Interior Ministry. The government said the Badr Organization, a Shiite Arab group, was involved in the security operation. It was the first time the government has officially made such mention.

The group was formerly a brigade of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq and considered a militia; now it considers itself a security group.

The new Iraqi government opposes independent militias.

Approximately 400 people have died in the spate of violence.

On Friday attackers killed at least three Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and Baquba to the northeast.

North of Baghdad, near Baiji, a car bomb killed an American soldier and wounded four others, the military said. This brings the number of U.S. deaths in Iraq to 1,614.

A roadside bomb also went off on a U.S. military convoy in western Baghdad, Iraqi police said. A military vehicle was seen burning at the scene. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Police in Iraq reported several other incidents:

  • Insurgents ambushed two police cars on patrol in western Baghdad Friday morning, killing an emergency police officer. The attack took place around 11 a.m. in the Adil neighborhood.
  • A bus bomb exploded near the Iraqi city of Baquba Friday as an Iraqi military convoy passed, killing two Iraqi soldiers and wounding five others.
  • At least two mortar rounds hit Iraq's Ministry of Science and Technology Friday, causing damage, but no casualties.
  • In western Iraq U.S. Marines hunting down insurgents near the Syrian border said they are moving unimpeded through northwestern Anbar province, with their targets hiding or fleeing.

    "Though there are no additional reports of civilian casualties, insurgents and foreign fighters are taking over the homes of Iraqi citizens," said the Marine Corps. "These home invasions are by armed men against unarmed families in an attempt to evade Marine forces in the area."

    U.S. forces there destroyed what they called one safe house, the Marines said, with information taken from a "senior terrorist" captured Thursday.

    There were no U.S. casualties reported.

    Other developments

  • Iraqi and U.S. forces detained 18 suspected insurgents and seized weapons in the northern cities of Mosul and Tal Afar in the past two days, the U.S. military said.
  • Iraqi and U.N. authorities have released a survey of living conditions in Iraq last year that reports "deteriorating physical and social conditions." (Full story)
  • Iraqi security forces have captured a financier for Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terror network, the Iraqi government said Thursday. Amar Farid Abd-al Qadir 'Ashur al-Jaburi was arrested in Mosul on April 15, officials said.
  • CNN's Kianne Sadeq contributed to this report


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