Car bomb north of Baghdad kills 3 Iraqi soldiers -

Car bomb north of Baghdad kills 3 Iraqi soldiers

BAGHDAD (AP) -- 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 officials.

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

Baqouba is a former al-Qaida stronghold, 35 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad.

Al-Qaida has frequently targeted Iraqi security forces since the U.S. 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.

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