Official kidnapped, 11 killed in Iraq attacks
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Insurgents in Iraq struck again on Saturday, whisking away an Iraqi government official at gunpoint and killing at least 11 people in various bombings and ambushes, including one that again targeted foreign diplomats.
Meanwhile, Iraq government officials worked furiously on a draft of a new constitution. Officials have by Monday to determine whether they need a six-month delay or will have the document completed by an August 15 deadline.
The most dramatic strike Saturday took place near the Iraqi National Theater, where people from the nation's civil community institutions were developing demands for the committee writing the constitution.
A suicide car bomb killed six people, including three police officers, and wounded 26 others.
In the kidnapping, gunmen in western Baghdad abducted Eman Naji Abdul Razaq, the Health Ministry's director general of the projects department. Four gunmen in two cars stormed Razaq's home in the Mansour neighborhood and took her during the early afternoon.
Continuing a trend of targeting foreign officials, insurgents attacked a British Embassy convoy with a roadside bomb. Two private security guards were killed and two children were wounded, the British Home Office said.
In July, insurgents have gone after officials from Bahrain, Pakistan, Egypt and Algeria and killed three people.
Al Qaeda in Iraq, the terrorist group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has said it killed two Algerian diplomats and an Egyptian envoy this month.
In Baghdad, an American soldier and an Iraqi civilian were killed in a roadside bombing, authorities said.
A 3rd Infantry Division spokesman said the soldier died and two others were wounded in the southwestern neighborhood of Dora. The U.S. military death toll in the war is 1,787.
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