Deadly Baghdad blast strikes bus

Explosion kills seven people and wounds 24 more in a mixed district south of Baghdad.

    Iraqi forces are to take control of the country's security when US troops withdraw [AFP]

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

    Contractors detained

    In a separate development, Iraqi police arrested five US contractors in connection with the murder of a colleague, officials said on Sunday.

    The body of Jim Kitterman, a 60-year-old Texan, who was reportedly bound, blindfolded and stabbed, was found dead in his car last month in the protected Green Zone where his small construction company was based.

    A US embassy spokesman said no formal charges had been filed against the men and that they "appear well".

    If the men appear in court, it would be the first time American citizens face Iraqi justice since a bilateral security pact came into force in January.

    Iraq regained control of the Green Zone on January 1 under a US-Iraqi security agreement.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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