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Car Explodes In Baghdad

31 May 2004 -- A car exploded in the Iraqi capital Baghdad today, killing at least one person and wounding several others.

It remains unclear what caused the blast.

Meanwhile, Iraqi officials today said an official of a leading Iraqi Sunni Muslim political party was gunned down by unknown attackers south of Baghdad yesterday.

Qahdan Kazim al-Rubay'i was the head of the Iraqi Islamic Party's information department. He was killed in Mahmudiyah, about 30 kilometers south of the capital.

Elsewhere in Iraq, fighting between U.S. forces and Iraqi militiamen loyal to radical Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr near the southern town of Kufa and in neighboring Al-Najaf overnight killed two soldiers and around 20 militiamen.

(from wire reports)