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Two Killed In Baghdad Blast


4 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Police say two civilians were killed by a car bomb that was detonated by remote control in Baghdad today.

In the northern city of Mosul, officials with the Kurdish Democratic Party say a senior party member, Jirjis Mohammed Amn, was shot dead today while visiting his sister's home.

The latest violence in Iraq comes as Egypt's foreign ministry is calling on the kidnappers of Cairo's top envoy to Iraq to treat him well and to view him as an Arab patriot.

There has not yet been any claim of responsibility for the abduction of the 51-year-old envoy, Ihab al-Sharif, whom witnesses say was seized by armed men late on 2 July on a Baghdad street.

The abduction came after Egypt recently said it plans to become the first Arab country to appoint a full-ranking ambassador to Iraq's U.S.-backed government.

(AP/Reuters/AFP)
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