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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

At Least 45 Dead After Iraq Blast

BAGHDAD -- A suicide truck bomber crashed into the offices of a Kurdish political party on Sunday, killing at least 45 people and wounding scores, including a mayor, officials said.

It was the second suicide attack in Kurdish areas of the north in four days.

A parked car bomb also exploded near a market in central Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 17 Iraqis, wounding 46 and damaging shops, police said.

Meanwhile, an al-Qaida front group said Sunday that it had captured several U.S. soldiers in an attack a day earlier south of Baghdad that killed five and left three missing.

The United States said 4,000 troops were searching the farming area south of the capital for any sign of the three missing U.S. soldiers.

A statement posted on the web site of the Islamic State in Iraq, which is linked to al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack in Mahmoudiya on Saturday and said it held an unspecified number of U.S. soldiers. The group offered no proof to back its claim but promised more details later.

The 10:30 a.m. suicide truck bomb attack in Makhmur badly damaged the office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Massoud Barzani, leader of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Makhmur is just south of the autonomous Kurdish-controlled areas, but it has a substantial Kurdish population.

Regional health minister Ziryan Othman said the city's mayor and director of the party was killed in the blast.