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Car Bomb Explosion Kills Four

The blast caused major structural damage to the Habyibna restaurant and destroyed 16 cars in a Shiite Muslim neighborhood outside the capital's Sadr City, police said. The official said that police suspect sectarian violence because most of the restaurant patrons were followers of militant Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Earlier Monday, gunmen killed an adviser to the office of Iraqi transitional Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari in central Baghdad, authorities said. The adviser, Major General Wael al-Rubaie, and his driver died in a drive-by shooting on a main thoroughfare, police said. The Iraqi Ministry of State for National Security Affairs said al-Rubaie was "assassinated by the treacherous and criminal hand of terrorism while on his way to work." Another high-ranking Iraqi government official died Sunday in a drive-by shooting. Ali Mossa Selman, director general of the Trade Ministry's Commercial and Financial Control Department, was en route to work when attackers opened fire on his car in western Baghdad, police said.

The assassins also killed Selman's driver, police said. In other violence, a trio of suicide bombers targeted a U.S.-led coalition base Monday in Samarra, north of Baghdad, wounding three American soldiers, an Army spokesman said.  Goldenberg said initial reports indicate there were two suicide car bombers and one suicide vest bomber.

Two car bombs exploded at the perimeter of the base, killing the drivers, Goldenberg said. Soldiers shot a third attacker who approached the scene, and he killed himself by detonating his explosive vest. The soldiers' wounds were not considered life-threatening, Goldenberg said. On Sunday, a pair of attacks on U.S. forces in the northern city of Mosul killed three soldiers and wounded a fourth, the military said. Another U.S. soldier died Sunday when a car bomb exploded near an Army patrol north of the north-central city of Tikrit, the military said.

Since the start of the war in 2003, 1,635 U.S. troops have died in Iraq.

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