- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009

BAGHDAD (AP) - Bombings in Baghdad killed at least seven people and wounded 21 others Monday, as the U.S. military reported its first combat death in Iraq in about three weeks.

The deadliest attack occurred Monday morning when a car bomb exploded in the center of the capital, killing at least five and wounding 15, according to an Iraqi police official and a medical worker.

Most of the victims were day laborers looking for work, the police official added.

Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

About an hour later, a roadside bomb targeting a police patrol in eastern Baghdad killed two people and wounded six others, said another police official, also on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. military announced Monday that an American soldier was killed in action the day before in Diyala province, north of the capital, where insurgents remain active.

It was the first combat death suffered by U.S. forces in Iraq since March 16 when a U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad.

The attacks come amid a period of relative calm in most of Iraq, where violence has dropped more than 90 percent. Iraqi security forces and U.S. troops, though, remain targets of insurgents in attacks that often kill or injure civilian bystanders.

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