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BAGHDAD, Iraq, AP – A gunbattle erupted as British soldiers responded to a fire in a vegetable market in southern Iraq on Sunday, leaving two people dead and a 7-year-old boy injured, police said.

Gunmen started the fire around 7 a.m. in south Amarah, 180 miles southeast of Baghdad, to lure in coalition forces, Police Capt. Hussein Karim said. The shooting erupted between the gunmen and British soldiers who responded.

In northern Baghdad, a roadside bomb struck an Iraqi police car near a mosque, killing one officer and wounding three others. Drive-by gunmen nearby fired on a civilian car in a separate incident, killing the driver.

Police in west Baghdad said they found the body of a security guard who worked for the Health Ministry. The man appeared to have been shot in the head after being tortured.

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