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Baghdad bombs kill eight, wound more than 30

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  • The soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in western Baghdad on Monday
  • Separately, three civilians died when a car bomb went off in the city's east
  • Attacks came as U.S. Vice President-elect Joe Biden met with Iraq's president
  • U.S. military says two troops have died as a result of non-combat-related injuries
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A string of bombings around Iraq's capital has killed eight people, including three Iraqi soldiers who died when their weapons truck was hit, and wounded at least 32, the country's Interior Ministry said.

Blood stains the ground following the explosion of an IED on Kahramana Square in Baghdad on January 12.

Blood stains the ground following the explosion of an IED on Kahramana Square in Baghdad on January 12.

The soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in the Yarmouk district of western Baghdad about 10:15 a.m. (0715 GMT) on Monday. The blast also set off small arms ammunition loaded on the truck.

Four civilians were wounded in the attack.

Separately, three civilians died when a car bomb went off outside a bakery in the eastern district of New Baghdad, followed shortly by another car bomb. Ten people were wounded, an Interior Ministry official told CNN.

In central Baghdad, two civilians died in roadside bomb attacks -- one near Kahramana Square and the other targeting a police patrol in the Sheikh-Omar commercial area. A total of seven people, including three police officers, were wounded in those incidents.

Two other roadside bombs went off near police patrols in neighborhoods on opposite sides of the city -- the Ghazaliya neighborhood in western Baghdad and the Zayuna district on the city's east side. There were no fatalities in either attack, but 11 people -- including one police officer in Ghazaliya and three in Zayuna -- were wounded.

The attacks came as U.S. Vice President-elect Joe Biden on Monday met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Baghdad.

Biden -- who had been the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee -- has been on a foreign visit that included stops in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Barack Obama, the incoming U.S. president, is planning to shift the military focus in the region to fighting militants in Afghanistan, while withdrawing all but a residual force of troops from Iraq.

The U.S. military said two of its troops died as a result of non-combat-related injuries on Sunday. One soldier died in northern Iraq and a U.S. Marine in western Iraq.

Five U.S. troops have died in Iraq this month, and 4,225 since the war started.

CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.

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