Iraq: Two killed, seven wounded in roadside bomb blast

Baghdad, 20 Oct. (AKI) - Two civilians were killed and seven others were injured when a roadside bomb struck a bus in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Monday.

The blast took place in the eastern, Shia-dominated neighbourhood of al-Fadiliya, reported the Iraqi news agency Voices of Iraq.

Police said the bus was carrying employees from the country's Housing Ministry.

The bomb blast damaged nearby vehicles and buildings.

On Sunday, two other roadside bomb attacks took place in Baghdad, killing at least two and injuring 27 others.

Meanwhile, Iraq's political leaders are discussing a proposed security pact that would extend the US military mandate in Iraq until 2011. The current UN mandate is due to expire on 31 December 2008.

The draft, which was made public last week, must still be ratified by the 275-seat Iraqi parliament.

Protests led by radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr over the pact drew attracted thousands of people to Baghdad on Sunday.


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