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An Iraqi woman watches US soldiers inspect cars in Baghdad (AFP)

An Iraqi woman watches US soldiers inspect cars in Baghdad (AFP)

An Iraqi woman watches US soldiers inspect cars in Baghdad (AFP)

BAGHDAD, Iraq, AP- A man wearing explosives under a police uniform blew himself up at the heavily guarded headquarters of a feared commando unit in Baghdad on Saturday, killing five people, police said. Separately, U.S. soldiers clashed with armed Iraqis early Saturday in Baghdad, killing two and wounding two others, the military said. Iraqi police said the victims were security guards mistakenly killed by the Americans.

The suicide bombing targeted the headquarters of the Wolf Brigade, a feared commando force dominated by Shiite Muslims.

Sunni Arab leaders have accused the force of kidnapping and killing members of Iraq”s minority Sunni community, including clerics. The government has denied such claims.

It was unclear how the attacker managed to elude detection at the compound in eastern Baghdad”s Bab Sharqi neighborhood. The police uniform he was wearing may have enabled him to avoid stringent checks for explosives.

People entering the compound, which also houses the Interior Ministry, must go through metal detectors and be frisked by policemen equipped with sniffer dogs.

Maj. Falah al-Mahamdawi said he was inside the brigade building when the blast happened.

&#34I saw five dead bodies lying on the ground plus seven injured people,&#34 he said. &#34Most of them are policemen.&#34

The attack may have been motivated by the Sunni struggle for a role in the country”s political process. Sunnis, a minority favored by Saddam Hussein, resent the rise to power of the majority Shiite community and the U.S.-allied Kurds.

This is believed to be a major factor in the continuing insurgency in Iraq that has killed more than 900 people since the new Shiite-led government was announced April 28.

In another attack in Baghdad, 10 people were killed late Friday when a car bomb exploded outside a falafel restaurant in Baghdad, Dr. Ali Khazim of Nour Hospital said Saturday. Two children were among the dead, while another 28 people were wounded.

Also Saturday, two Oil Ministry employees were shot dead in Baghdad”s southern Dora district, police official Rasol Salih said. A third man was critically wounded.

The bodies were found in a canal under a footbridge and one of the slain men wore handcuffs and civilian clothes, according to footage taken by Associated Press Television News.

In other violence, a bomb exploded Saturday in a cemetery in the southern city of Najaf, killing two Iraqis, including an 8-year-old girl, and wounding three others from the same family as they visited the graves of relatives, said Capt. Hadi al-Najim.

Al-Najim said the bomb had been planted in the cemetery during August clashes between U.S. forces and supporters of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

U.S. soldiers shot and killed two Iraqis and wounded two others in Baghdad on Saturday when their car came too close to an American armored patrol, military spokesman Lt. Jamie Davis said.

Iraqi police Maj. Moussa Abdul-Karim said the victims were Iraqi security guards driving to work in northern Baghdad”s Shula neighborhood at about 6:30 a.m. and mistakenly shot by American soldiers. He did not say which company they worked for.

Davis said the Iraqis were driving slowly in front of a lead vehicle in an American convoy.

An American soldier in the lead vehicle fired a warning shot to make the Iraqi vehicle move away, but its occupants returned fire, setting off a gunbattle, Davis said.

&#34The (U.S.) patrol returned fire, killing two occupants, wounding two more and setting their car on fire,&#34 Davis said, adding the American soldiers left the scene without stopping.

Another American patrol returned shortly after and found &#34multiple AK-47s&#34 inside the vehicle and took the wounded men to a hospital, Davis added.

U.S. military vehicle patrols are on high alert throughout the country, fearing the militants may attack their convoys with car bombs or roadside explosive devices.

Iraqi's look an US tank rolling through south Baghdad (AFP)

Iraqi’s look an US tank rolling through south Baghdad (AFP)

An Iraqi Army soldier from the First Brigade, First Battalion. (AP)

An Iraqi Army soldier from the First Brigade, First Battalion. (AP)