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BAGHDAD (AP)- A suicide car bomb exploded on Friday on a bridge overlooking the home of President Jalal Talabani, killing three of his guards and wounding several, including civilians, a spokesman for Iraq”s largest Shiite Muslim group said.

The attack occurred about 8 p.m. on Al-Hussein Bridge, former the Commander”s Bridge, over the Tigris river in the Jadriyah district, according to Haitham al-Husseini, spokesman for the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.

The council has offices in the area, where leaders of the organization also live.

It was unclear if Talabani, a Kurdish politician, was in the house at the time of the attack.

Guards are posted on the bridge because it overlooks the president”s house and leads to an area where several key government figures live.

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