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Insurgent Attacks Kill Eight Iraqis


Officials in Iraq say at least eight people have been killed by insurgent violence across Iraq.

Saturday's most deadly attack killed at least four people and wounded about 20 others when a car bomb exploded next to a restaurant in eastern Baghdad.

In the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora, three Iraqi soldiers were killed and at least three others wounded in a roadside bombing.

And in southern Iraq, officials say gunmen killed the director of traffic police as he was driving to work in Basra.

The latest violence comes as leaders of the three main political parties prepare for Monday's parliamentary session.

A Shi'ite spokesman said Friday members of the Shi'ite alliance will meet before the parliamentary session to discuss who should fill several government posts, including the powerful position of prime minister.

Kurdish and Sunni Arab politicians have rejected the Shi'ite candidate, current Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. They say he has done little to stop the sectarian violence ravaging the country.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters

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