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Shi'ite Militiamen in Baghdad Turn in Weapons - 2004-10-11


Followers of radical Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have begun handing in weapons as part of a peace deal aimed at ending weeks of fighting in a Baghdad slum.

Officials in Sadr City Monday said fighters were turning in grenades, mortar launchers, machine guns and ammunition at area police stations. The arms transfer is expected to take five days, then Iraqi security forces are to take over security in the heavily populated and mostly Shi'ite district.

In other developments, a suicide bomber attacked a U.S. military convoy in the northern city of Mosul, killing two Iraqis. A U.S. statement said initial reports indicated there were also military casualties.

In southern Baghdad, a rocket attack killed two American soldiers.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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