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Officials: 380 tons of explosives missing

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Insurgent bomb attacks in Baghdad and Mosul killed six Iraqi civilians Monday, the U.S. military said.

In the Baghdad attacks, a trio of nearly simultaneous explosions killed three Iraqi civilians and wounded nine others, including six civilians and three Australian soldiers, the U.S. military said.

The largest blast was from a car bomb that killed three Iraqi civilians. The attack targeted an Australian military convoy near the Australian Embassy in central Baghdad, a U.S. military spokesman said. The Australian soldiers' injuries were described as not life-threatening. The military had no details about the six civilian injuries.

Minutes before the car bomb, a roadside bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy in Baghdad's Karrada district, wounding three Iraqi civilians, Iraq's Interior Ministry spokesman, Col. Adnan Abdul Rahman, said.

About 35 minutes later, a roadside bomb hit a Task Force Baghdad patrol in western Baghdad, slightly damaging an armored Humvee, the Coalition Press Information Center said. The attack resulted in no casualties, the center said.

Bombers target Mosul

In the northern city of Mosul, two suicide car bombs detonated almost simultaneously, killing at least three Iraqis and wounding a number of government employees, according to Iraqi police and a U.S. military spokesperson.

Both suicide attackers also were killed.

Most of the reported casualties, including the three deaths, happened in Mosul's first car bomb which targeted a Nineveh governate compound around 11 a.m. (4 a.m. ET). Minutes later, the second bomber detonated near a local Nineveh official's convoy.

Explosives missing

The International Atomic Energy Agency said 380 tons of conventional explosives powerful enough to be used to detonate nuclear warheads are missing from a weapons site south of Baghdad.

The IAEA, whose mission is to keep track of everything with potential nuclear weapons applications, had been monitoring about 100 sites in Iraq, including Al Qaqaa, the site where the missing explosives were stored, said IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming.

The explosives were under control of the U.S. military after the IAEA abandoned them in advance of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, Fleming said.

"Our immediate concern is that if the explosives did fall into the wrong hands they could be used to commit terrorist acts and some of the bombings that we've seen," Fleming said. She said the IAEA doesn't know whether some of the explosives may already have been used. (Full story)

48 Iraqis killed in ambush

On Sunday, an Iraqi military commander said Iraqi authorities had discovered the bodies of 44 Iraqi soldiers and four drivers after they were ambushed and killed overnight near the Iraq-Iran border.

Unification and Jihad, a group led by suspected terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsibility Sunday for the massacre. The claim appeared on an Arabic-language Web site, and CNN has not confirmed its authenticity.

Col. Jassem Mohammed Alaiwa, commander of the Iraqi national guard, said the soldiers were killed "execution-style" -- along with their four drivers. They had been forced to lie down and were shot in the head. The killings occurred about 80 miles east of Baghdad.

The soldiers had just completed training and were heading toward Basra in southern Iraq, Alaiwa said.

This weekend's killings followed a continued pattern of insurgent attacks on the Iraqi army. Iraq's interim government is training forces to stabilize the region ahead of national elections set for January.

Discovery of the bodies was followed by news that insurgents had killed a U.S. State Department security official at a U.S. Army base near Baghdad airport. (Full story)

Other developments

  • An Islamist militant group, Ansar al-Sunna, claimed responsibility Sunday for the killing of a police chief in the northern city of Erbil, saying the action was a warning to the leader of a Kurdish political party. In the Web site posting, the group said the killing of Col. Taha Ahmad was a "clear warning" to Massoud Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party -- one of two major Kurdish parties that share power in northern Iraq.
  • A U.S. warplane launched an airstrike Sunday northeast of Falluja, killing four people, including two Iraqi police officers, police officials said. Police said the strike in the al-Jurayfi neighborhood also wounded five people. Hospital officials said a child was among them. There was no immediate word from the U.S. military about the report.
  • Insurgents attacked a multinational convoy Sunday and wounded four Bulgarian soldiers, the U.S.-led military said in a statement. A Bulgarian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said one of the soldiers later died. The convoy, from the 1st Brigade Combat Team of Multinational Division Central-South, was attacked near Karbala, southwest of Baghdad, the military said.
  • CNN's Barbara Starr, Jamie McIntyre, Mohammed Tawfeeq, Nermeen Mufti and Caroline Faraj contributed to this report.

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