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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A wave of new violence in Iraq, including a suicide bombing and a deadly armed robbery, left 29 people dead and scores wounded Sunday. Four bodies were also found.

Unknown gunmen killed two security guards as they were on their way to deposit money at the Al-Rasheed bank in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Mansoor, stealing $850,000 from two Ministry of Finance Cars, Baghdad emergency police said.

Nine others were wounded in the incident about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, in which the gunmen opened fire on the guards from five cars, authorities said.

It was only the latest occurrence in a violent day. Earlier, 10 Iraqi militiamen were killed early Sunday in clashes with U.S. forces in the Sadr City section of Baghdad, Iraqi police sources told CNN.

The clashes apparently broke out between 2 and 4 a.m. Sunday (6 and 8 p.m. Saturday EDT) between U.S. troops and the Mehdi Army over U.S. detention of a number of the organization's members, police said.

As of 4 a.m., U.S. forces retreated, police said, and calm was restored.

A spokesman for the U.S. military brigade in charge of Sadr City said it was investigating reports of clashes between its soldiers and gunmen in Sadr City, but could provide no further details.

Near Trebil, one U.S. soldier was killed and two were wounded when their vehicle rolled over during a patrol on Sunday afternoon, the U.S. military said.

In the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Baghdad al-Jadeeda, nine people were killed -- four police commandos and five civilians -- when a suicide car bomber detonated at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Baghdad emergency police said.

Twelve people, mostly civilians, were wounded when the detonation took place under a highway bridge in the al-Ghadeer district. The bomb targeted an Iraqi police patrol.

In Mussayib, a man exploded a motorcycle bomb Sunday near a mosque, killing at least six civilians and wounding 19 others, Iraqi police in the town south of Baghdad said.

In Hilla, a bicycle strapped with explosives detonated on a busy street Sunday morning, killing one civilian and wounding 48 people, two critically, according to Baghdad emergency police.

The bicycle was parked on the side of the road when the detonation occurred between 9:30 and 10 a.m., an Iraqi police source said.

Other developments:

  • Four bodies were found about 8:30 a.m. Sunday in the al-Shula neighborhood of Baghdad near an ice factory, police source said. The four men had been shot in the head execution-style and also appeared to have been beaten.
  • A member of the Basra Governing Council in Iraq said Saturday that the investigation into allegations against two British undercover soldiers accused of killing a civilian and beating an Iraqi policeman has been extended, although he did not provide a deadline. Judge Raghib Hassan originally ordered the probe to end Thursday, following the soldiers' arrests on Monday, said Munathel Al-Mayahi. He said it was unclear what will happen to the soldiers because they are no longer in Iraqi custody.
  • CNN's Enes Dulami and Kianne Sadeq contributed to this report

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