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Explosions Kill Iraqi Soldiers, Civilian

15 April 2005 -- Iraq's army says a roadside bomb in the northern city of Balad killed three Iraqi soldiers today.

In Baghdad, police said militants exploded two roadside bombs targeting military convoys, killing one civilian along with a suicide bomber and wounding at least seven other people.

The recent escalation in daily bomb attacks has increased pressure on Iraq's newly elected leaders to finish forming a government after weeks of negotiations. Iraq has appointed a president and prime minister following the 30 January elections, but key ministers have yet to be chosen.

A senior member of the Shi'ite United Iraqi Alliance, Husayn Shahrastani, said today that the new government will not be formed until the end of next week, at the earliest.

(news agencies)

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