4 soldiers killed in suicide bombing in Baghdad voting center

19:55, March 04, 2010      

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At least four soldiers have been killed and 10 others wounded in another suicide bomb explosion at a polling center in central Baghdad on Thursday, an Interior Ministry source said.

A suicide bomber blew up his explosive vest at Iraqi soldiers lining up at a school used as a polling center in Bab al-Mu'dham area in the afternoon, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The attack is the second suicide one in Baghdad that targeted Iraqi security members who are taking part in the special voting in Iraq, as another suicide bomber struck a bus carrying Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad's western district of Mansour, killing three soldiers and wounding 15 others.

The attacks came at the day of special voting as more than 800, 000 Iraqi soldiers, police, doctors, patients, hospital staff and prisoners are expected to take part in the country's early voting ahead of Sunday's general elections.

Last month, Abu Omer al-Baghdadi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq network threatened to attack the country's parliamentary elections to prevent the voting process "by all possible means, primarily, the military means."

Baghdadi, the leader of the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq ( ISI), also warned in his statement the Iraqi Sunni community of taking part in the elections that he described as "comedy and dangerous play" which plotted by the Shiite and their American allies.

Sporadic attacks are still common in Iraq as part of recent deterioration in security which shaped a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normalcy at the days of the country's general elections.

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