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May 31, 2004 3:00 AM

Car bomb kills 4 Iraqis near site of Iraqi leader's assassination

A massive car bomb exploded Monday in a crowded Baghdad neighborhood, killing four Iraqis and wounding more than 25 in a blast that showered human flesh and car parts for several blocks. The bomb was detonated by remote control in the Harithiyah district, about half a mile from where the Iraqi Governing Council chief, Izaddin Saleem, was assassinated in a similar bombing May 17, a U.S. military spokesman said. The offices of Iyad Allawi, the Iraqi prime minister-designate, are not far from the area, but the target of Mondays blast remained unclear, said Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the U.S. military spokesman. The usual targets American troops, Iraqi security forces and politicians were not in the area when the explosion occurred just after 1 p.m.

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