Car bomb north of Baghdad kills 3 Iraqi soldiers

An Iraqi official said a bomb blast north of Baghdad killed three Iraqi soldiers.

Baghdad: An Iraqi official says a bomb blast
north of Baghdad has killed three Iraqi soldiers, hours before
the nation`s parliament is to reconvene after Sunni-backed
lawmakers ended their boycott to protest persecution of Sunni

Police spokesman in Diyala province, Maj Ghalib al-Karkhi,
says a parked car bomb detonated near a military patrol
yesterday in Baqouba, killing three soldiers and wounding
three others.

Baqouba is a former al-Qaida stronghold, 60 kilometres
northeast of Baghdad.

Al Qaida has frequently targeted Iraqi security forces
since the US troops left in December.

The group appears to be exploiting a political crisis that
has erupted after the Shiite-led government issued an arrest
warrant for the Sunni vice president on terrorism charges.