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5/30/05

Suicide Blast Kills At Least 20

An Iraqi official says at least 20 police officers have been killed and 96 wounded in a suicide bombing in the southern Iraqi city of Hillah.

The attacks occurred when about 500 police officers gathered outside the mayor's office to protest a decision to disband their special forces unit. The blasts, touched off by two bombers, left the road covered with flesh and pools of blood.

Elsewhere, a senior Kurdish official died from injuries suffered in a shooting ambush. Meantime, Iraqi police and political leaders say U.S. troops have detained the head of Iraq's largest Sunni Muslim political party.

They say he and his three sons and four guards were arrested during a dawn house raid today in Baghdad. His party is demanding he be released and says his arrest "will only complicate the situation."

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