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Iraq parliamentary session delayed

The scheduled session has been delayed due to continuing disagreement among factions over candidates for top government positions.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 11:51 IST

Violence across Iraq claimed at least 31 lives, while a parliamentary meeting on the formation of a new government has been postponed.

The scheduled Monday parliamentary session has been delayed due to continuing disagreement among factions over candidates for top government positions.

No new date has been announced, but sources said that it is to be rescheduled within the week.

Sunday's reports of violence included 32 people wounded in car bombings, shootings and a mortar attack.

Among the 31 dead, some were abduction victims and others were alleged terrorists or insurgents killed in fighting with US and Iraqi forces.

An armed group attacked a minibus in Baquba, 60 km northeast of Baghdad, killing five civilians and wounding four, a police source said.

Earlier, a car driven by a suicide bomber rammed into a popular marketplace in al-Mahmoudiya, south of Baghdad, killing nine Iraqis and wounding 18.

In another bombing east of Baghdad, a vehicle exploded on a main street near a mosque in the Al Kamaliya district, five km east of Baghdad, killing five civilians and wounding six.

Police also found the corpses of three civilians who were kidnapped a day earlier in Fao in southern Iraq, an Iraqi police source in Basra said.

Meanwhile, the US-led coalition forces killed seven suspected terrorists in separate incidents in the country.

Further, Iraqi military and police troops reportedly captured dozens of former members of the defunct Baath party in several districts in Al Nasiriyah, 350 km south of Baghdad.

According to sources, religious and political leaders have recently accused the Baathists, who are currently active within the new Al Awdah Party, of destabilising the security situation.

The Baath party was the governing political body under the regime of ousted leader Saddam Hussein, who is currently on trial for alleged crimes against humanity.