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Shootings, car bombs kill 13 in Iraq

U.S., Iraqi troops complete isolation of Ramadi


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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The latest round of violence in Iraq Sunday left 13 people dead, most of them in Baquba, where deadly attacks have increased in recent days.

Gunmen killed three people in a car as they traveled in central Baquba around 1:45 p.m., according to a police official.

Earlier in and near Baquba, gunmen killed five people, including a schoolteacher and an Iraqi army officer, in three separate drive-by shootings, according to a Diyala Joint Coordination Center official. The incidents occurred during a 30-minute period.

In Baghdad, a car bomb detonated around 4:15 p.m., killing four people.

Police are not sure if those killed were the intended victims, or insurgents killed as a result of a premature detonation, a police official said.

The incident, which happened in the southwestern neighborhood of Saydiya, is still under investigation.

In the northern city of Mosul, a car bomb detonated, killing a female high school student and wounding 19 others, according to hospital and police officials.

The bomb was apparently intended for a U.S. military convoy but missed its target.

In Baghdad, at least 14 gunmen stormed a Baghdad bakery around 8:45 a.m. and kidnapped 10 workers, an Interior Ministry official said.

Iraqi police found nine bodies dumped in various parts of Baghdad, all shot in the head with six of them showing signs of torture. Dumped bodies are discovered in the capital almost every day, and they are linked to sectarian violence.

Sunday's incidents came amid a major security crackdown by Iraq and U.S. forces in the Iraqi capital.

Despite the crackdown, which follows the recent killing of terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the seizure of al Qaeda in Iraq documents in raids, insurgent activity in Baghdad has continued.

Report: Soldiers captured

Meanwhile, police in Iraq told CNN on Sunday at least four or five masked gunmen seized two American soldiers who had been reported missing after an insurgent checkpoint attack near Yusufiya on Friday night. (Full story)

U.S. troops immediately began a hunt for the soldiers, and continued to scour the region on Sunday.

"There are intelligence indicators [that] they may have been captured alive rather than killed," a senior military official told CNN on Saturday night.

Key region secured

U.S. and Iraqi troops Sunday secured an important region in an operation the military hopes will choke off and weaken the insurgency there.

Troops encircling the largely Sunni city of Ramadi are now positioned at every main access point, after taking control of the southern suburb of Humara overnight. (Watch 500-pound bomb hit key Ramadi bridge -- 3:16)

Military officials say that completes their strategic isolation of Ramadi, the long-volatile capital of the vast Anbar province west of Baghdad. The operation is designed to stop insurgents from entering and leaving the city.

CNN's Nic Robertson, embedded with the 1-37 Armor Battalion Bandits, was briefed by U.S. military officials about the operation. The 1-37 is part of the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, which is spearheading the mission to regain Ramadi.

The operation to secure Humara started just after dark on Saturday when a U.S. aircraft dropped a 500-pound bomb in the area, which had been a no-go sector for U.S. and Iraq forces.

Three U.S. soldiers were injured in the operation. Two were lightly wounded when a roadside bomb hit a fuel truck. Another bomb damaged a tank, breaking the leg of a U.S. soldier.

There have been reports that dozens, perhaps hundreds, of families are leaving Ramadi, a city of 400,000, because of the violence, but there has not been a large-scale exodus.

U.S. and Iraqi forces have been fighting insurgents in Ramadi for weeks, and are determined to establish Iraqi security and government control, with commanders noting that the city won't be secure until a stable government is established there.

CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq, Nic Robertson and Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

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