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Suicide car bombing in Baghdad kills eight

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A suspected suicide bomber Thursday morning plowed his car into the courtyard of a Baghdad police station, where it detonated, killing eight Iraqi police officers, according to eyewitnesses, Iraqi police and coalition officials.

The incident happened about 8:30 a.m. (12:30 a.m. EDT) at the Jamila police station in Sadr City, a mainly Shiite Muslim neighborhood.

In a separate incident, a U.S. 4th Infantry Division soldier died of his wounds Thursday after his convoy was the target of a rocket propelled grenade attack earlier in the day, the U.S. Central Command said.

The soldier's convoy was traveling near Ba'qubah north of Baghdad when it was attacked about 2 a.m. The soldier's name was withheld pending notification of relatives.

Also on Thursday, a Spanish diplomat was shot to death near his residence in the Iraqi capital, according to the Spanish Foreign Ministry in Madrid.

Jose Antonio Bernal Gomez, 30, was a military attaché, who served as liaison for the Spanish intelligence service in Iraq.

The ministry's information service said Gomez was leaving his residence in a vehicle when he was gunned down.

Bomb-making suspects arrested

Working with their Iraqi counterparts, U.S. military police late Wednesday raided and destroyed a mud hut near Tikrit that was being used to manufacture improvised explosive devices and store ammunition, a military spokesman said.

According to Sgt. Maj. Nathan Wilson of the Army's 720th Military Police Battalion, three people were arrested in the raid and bomb-making materials were found, including 25 blocks of TNT, shrapnel, a garage door opener -- to be used as a remote detonator -- and a detonation cord. Grenades and other ammunition were also found.

Lt. Col. David Poirier, also of the 720th MP, described those arrested as a bomb-maker and "significant enablers of the resistance" in Iraq.

He said the discovery of the shrapnel in the hut was significant, because it matched samples pulled from a Humvee damaged earlier in the week in an improvised explosive device attack that wounded several U.S. soldiers.

Other developments

• In Colorado Springs, Colorado, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said a decision to transfer the day-to-day oversight of Iraq's reconstruction to the White House from the Pentagon is no reflection on his leadership or the progress made in rebuilding and pacifying Iraq.

• More than 2,000 Shiite Muslims continued their protest Wednesday, marching to the U.S.-led administration headquarters and demanding the release of a Shiite cleric who was arrested earlier this week for storing weapons. Imam Mu'ayyad Al Khazraji and his assistant, Abdel Jalil Wakiya, also known as Dr. Jalil, were arrested Monday for having assault rifles, grenades and ammunition at a holy site, said a spokesman with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division.

• Former high-ranking Iraqi air defense commander Abed Hamed Mowhoush Al Mahalowi, who has links to Saddam Hussein, has been arrested by U.S. troops, the Coalition Press Information Center said. In addition, 112 people were arrested. Al Mahalowi was a major general in the former Iraqi Army's Air Defense branch. .

• In an effort to limit potential tensions between Iraq and Turkey, the United States will try to negotiate a deal for the potential deployment of Turkish peacekeeping troops to Iraq that would put those troops in western Iraq, far from any Iraqi Kurds in the north, a senior U.S. military official told CNN. The official cautioned that it is not clear Turkey will ever send the troops, which were approved by the Turkish parliament Tuesday.

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