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500-Pound Bomb Used on Hotel

As civic and religious leaders debated whether Iraq was stable enough for elections this spring, U.S. military officials said that a 500-pound bomb — hidden inside a truck disguised as a Red Crescent ambulance — was used in a deadly suicide attack early Wednesday at a Baghdad hotel. The blast at the Shaheen Hotel — frequented by Iraqi government officials and Westerners — killed at least three people, U.S. officials said. Iraqi police on the scene said four people were killed. Local hospitals reported more than a dozen injuries. South African government officials said Wednesday that one of their citizens was among the dead. Full Story

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