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Iraq 3rdLd-Writethru 06-04

Car bomb kills at least 13

A car bomb in northeast Baghdad killed at least 13 people today, Iraqi police and hospital officials said, while three U.S. soldiers were shot dead in northern Iraq.

The car bomb went off around 2:30 p.m. near the house of an Iraqi police general. The general was not hurt, but more than 50 people were wounded, officials said. It was the largest death toll from a car bomb in Baghdad since mid-April.

Police and hospital officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

The Americans were killed when gunmen opened fire on them in the northern Iraqi village of Hawija, according to a brief military statement.

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The area, once a hub for Sunni militants and disaffected allies of Saddam Hussein, is thought to have been pacified in recent months.

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