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Minibus detonates, killing 12 in Iraq

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A minibus packed with explosives detonated in northeastern Baghdad on Sunday morning, killing at least 12 people and wounding 22 others, according to an Interior Ministry official.

Most of the victims of the blast near a passport office were civilians, the official said.

Another roadside bomb wounded four people when it exploded in southwestern Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said. The official said the bomb was targeting an Iraqi police patrol but missed its target.

Another roadside bomb exploded near eastern Baghdad's al-Kindi Hospital, wounding nine people, the official said. Three police officers were among those hurt, he said.

Two people were wounded by a bomb that targeted but missed a convoy of SUVs in southeast Baghdad's al-Ghadir neighborhood Sunday morning, the official said.

Meanwhile, a U.S. soldier was killed in a vehicle accident north of Baghdad on Saturday, military officials said. Another soldier was injured in the mishap, the military said.

It is the first American troop death in Iraq for August. July marked the lowest monthly toll of the war in Iraq with 11 U.S. troop deaths -- six killed in hostilities and five others dying from non-battle related causes, according to figures released by the Pentagon.

CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.

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