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Car bombs kill 14 in Baghdad

Attacks come day after 25 killed near police station

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Fourteen Iraqis were killed Monday in two separate suicide car bombings in the country's capital, police officials and the Ministry of Defense reported.

In the first attack, 12 Iraqis died and 16 were wounded when a car bomb detonated at a checkpoint for the Sadeer Hotel around 6:15 a.m. (10:15 p.m. ET Sunday), a Defense Ministry statement said.

The vehicle exploded near a building housing guards for the hotel. Several guards were among the casualties, police said.

The same area was targeted March 9 when a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden garbage truck into a courtyard near the hotel. Two people died in that blast. (Full story)

More than two hours later, a suicide car bomb killed two police officers and wounded 11 at an Iraqi police commando checkpoint on Kindi Street in the west-central part of the city, said an emergency police official.

On Sunday, a suicide truck bomb killed 25 people and wounded 33 others near al-Rashad police station in the Jadida neighborhood of southeastern Baghdad, the city's emergency police said.

Iraqi police were among the casualties, but most of the victims were civilians. The explosion destroyed 25 vehicles and eight shops, Iraqi police said. (Full story)

Insurgents have targeted police and security forces regularly in an effort to destabilize the country.

Sunnis end boycott

Meanwhile, the Sunni Arab delegation to the committee drafting Iraq's new constitution ended its boycott of the proceedings Monday, an aide to the committee's chairman said.

The aide said the agreement came during a meeting of the full committee.

Twelve of the 15 members of the Sunni delegation staged the boycott last week following the assassination of fellow member Mijbil Ali Hussein al-Sheikh Issa and one of his advisers.

Two other members removed themselves from the delegation following insurgent threats. (Full story)

The members demanded the Iraqi government provide them with better security and that an independent investigation of the killings be conducted.

During the weekend, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani announced security would be provided to the Sunni Arab delegation members and said the government would explore the possibility of an international investigation.

The constitution committee has until August 15 to come up with a draft. If the draft is approved by the transitional National Assembly, it will be put before voters in an October 15 referendum.

The original 55-member constitution committee was expanded to accommodate the 15 Sunni Arabs, a group that had ruled under Saddam Hussein's regime. Shiite Arabs and Kurds dominate the new government.

Other developments:

  • Algeria has withdrawn its diplomats and their families from Iraq after insurgents kidnapped two of the African nation's envoys in Baghdad last week, Foreign Minister Mohammed Bedjaoui told Algerian television Monday. The kidnapping was the latest in a series of attacks targeting diplomats from Arab and Muslim countries. (Full story)
  • A U.S. soldier was killed Monday when a makeshift bomb exploded near his vehicle while he was on patrol near Samarra, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of Baghdad, according to a U.S. military news release. He was a member of Task Force Liberty, led by the U.S. 42nd Infantry Division from New York state. The death brought the number of U.S. troops killed in the war to 1,775.
  • Australian Prime Minister John Howard Monday met Iraqi transitional Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari during an unannounced visit to Iraq, al-Jaafari's office said. (Full story)
  • An Indiana National Guard soldier pleaded guilty Monday to negligent homicide in the death of an Iraqi police officer. Cpl. Dustin Berg, 22, was facing a murder charge and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge at a court-martial in Fort Knox, Kentucky. (Full story)
  • CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.

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