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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Insurgents killed two civilians and wounded 15 others with homemade bombs, one strapped to a bicycle, Iraqi Emergency Police said on Sunday.

The bicycle bomb went off minutes after an explosion that targeted a police patrol in Baghdad. Twelve civilians were wounded in the attacks, officials said, adding that the police only suffered light damage to their vehicles.

A few hours later, another homemade bomb detonated on a major highway in northern Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding three others, one of them a child, police said. The attack appeared to target an Iraqi police commando patrol, police said.

Also in the capital city, gunmen killed two civilians in a drive-by shooting, and police announced the discovery of two bodies near the Ibn al Jalab mosque in southwest Baghdad.

North of the capital, gunmen shot and killed the provincial representative to the Ministry of Education in Diyala in Baquba, an official with Diyala's Joint Coordination Center said.

Karim Salman was shot dead in central Baquba, about 37 miles (60 kilometers) from Baghdad.

Britain investigates abuse allegations

The British military said it is looking into a videotape that allegedly shows eight soldiers savagely beating Iraqi youths in early 2004.

The News of the World newspaper said Sunday that the alleged attack followed a scene showing youths throwing stones at the soldiers and was videotaped in southern Iraq two years ago. CNN has not confirmed the tape's authenticity.

Britain's Defense Ministry said it was aware of the "serious allegations" and that a military police investigation was looking into them. (Full story)

Shiite-led party favors al-Jaafari for PM

Iraq's leading political coalition has selected Ibrahim al-Jaafari as its candidate for prime minister, a member of the United Iraqi Alliance said on Sunday.

Jaafari, the current prime minister in the transitional government, edged Vice President Adel Abdul Mehdi by one vote, Moffak Al Rubaie said.

The 275-member Council of Representatives, elected December 15, will choose a new president and two vice presidents.

That presidential council will select a prime minister, most likely -- but not certainly -- Jaafari. The process could easily take months.

The United Iraqi Alliance dominated the voting with 128 seats, followed by the Kurdish alliance with 53 seats. Both coalitions run the transitional government. (Full story)

CNN's Arwa Damon and Aneesh Rahman contributed to this report.

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