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Three security contractors killed by roadside bomb

Two suspected terrorists die in coalition raid



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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Three private security contractors were killed, and two others were wounded when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle Sunday morning, the British Foreign Office said.

The nationalities of those killed and wounded were not immediately known.

The vehicle was part of a convoy south of Baghdad, according to the British Foreign Office.

Also Sunday, the Combined Press Information Center said coalition forces have killed two suspected insurgents believed to have helped foreign fighters infiltrate Iraq.

Abu Usamah, the target of a coalition raid on Saturday, and another man killed were believed to be members of al Qaeda in Iraq, according to the military statement.

Officials believed Usamah also was behind suicide and car bombs.

The raid took place near Taji, about 19 miles (30 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

No civilians were injured, the statement said.

In separate raids near Yusifiya, Iraqi and coalition forces captured seven people suspected of terrorism. Fifty other suspects were detained, the statement said.

"Over the past several weeks, the terrorists, most of them foreign, have used the hostile region as a staging area to launch suicide operations into Baghdad," the statement said.

Yusifiya is about 22 miles southwest of Baghdad.

Bombs kill 3; Two bodies found

A bomb inside a minibus on Sunday killed two civilians and wounded six others in the Sadr City district in the eastern part of the capital, Baghdad police said.

Another bomb, hidden in a car, killed an Iraqi police officer sent to investigate a report of a body inside the vehicle, Iraqi police said.

Three other officers were wounded in the blast in the town of Musayyib, about 40 miles south of Baghdad.

The bomb was triggered as officers approached the car, police said.

In western Baghdad's Yarmouk neighborhood, a roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi police patrol exploded Sunday morning, wounding two policemen, an Iraqi police official told CNN.

In the Amriya neighborhood, two civilians were wounded Sunday by another bomb, the official said.

Two bodies were found early Sunday in Baghdad's Amil neighborhood, according to the official.

The victims had been shot in the head and they appeared to have been tortured, the official said. The bodies could not be immediately identified.

Between Friday and Saturday, police found 12 other bodies in Baghdad.

Iraq holds talks with insurgents

Iraq President Jalal Talabani said he believes "a deal can be reached with seven armed groups" and that he will work to include those groups in Iraq's political process, according to a statement released Sunday by his office.

In the release, Talabani said none of the groups with which he has met includes anyone loyal to al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who the Iraqi president said has "announced genocide against the Iraqi people."

Talabani also has supported recent talks between U.S. officials in Iraq and armed groups, the statement said.

CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report

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