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Iraqi politician hurt in Mosul attack; U.S. soldier killed

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  • Iraqi politician survives bomb attack on car in northern city of Mosul, police say
  • Al Qaeda in Iraq still has presence in Mosul and Nineveh area
  • U.S. soldier killed by roadside bomb in southern Iraq
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Insurgents in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul placed a bomb on a car carrying a local politician Sunday, wounding him in the blast, according to a Mosul police official.

Talib Muhsen, a member of the Al-Hadbaa electoral list, survived with injuries, the official said.

It was one of four separate attacks Sunday across Mosul that left two dead and four wounded, including Muhsen.

Muhsen ran in last month's elections in Nineveh province on an electoral list that secured the highest percentage of votes in that province.

Mosul is the capital of Nineveh, a restive region still enduring an al Qaeda in Iraq presence. Despite a military crackdown last year, attacks in and around the area have been frequent.

Last year, the U.S. military said Mosul was the last "urban" stronghold of al Qaeda in Iraq, the Sunni militant group.

Last week, a string of attacks in Mosul killed at least 10 civilians and soldiers, including four U.S. soldiers who died in a suicide car bombing.

Also Sunday, a U.S. soldier was killed in southern Iraq by a roadside bomb, the military said.

Neither the soldier's name nor details of the incident were released.

The death brings the U.S. casualty total in Iraq to 4,244 since March 2003.

CNN's Yousif Bassil in Baghdad contributed to this report.

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