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At least 17 killed in Iraq bombings, clashes

india Updated: Dec 25, 2006 23:16 IST
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At least 17 people died in bombings and clashes in war-torn Iraq on Monday, including 10 civilians killed when a car bomb went off in Baghdad, security sources said.

The car bomb exploded at 3:30 pm (0600 IST), ripping through the main shopping street of western Baghdad's mixed neighbourhood of Jadida, said one security source on condition of anonymity.

Ten civilians were killed and another 15 people wounded in the attack, merely the latest in a series of bombings, shootings and abductions that claims scores of victims every day in the capital's vicious sectarian war.

In northeastern Baghdad, a suicide bomber strapped with explosives killed two people and around 20 passengers on a mini-bus in the largely Shiite neighbourhood of Talbyia, a security source said.

The attack on a minibus - a cheap mode of transport for Baghdad residents - took place in an area close to the sprawling Shiite slum of Sadr City, a bastion for Shiite militia who operate with impunity.

In Ramadi, the capital of the Sunni-dominated Al-Anbar province, a student and a policeman were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the Al-Anbar University, the US Marines said.

The policeman died at a checkpoint, where he worked to protect the university, and five other policemen were wounded in the attack.

A local Iraqi police source had said three policemen were killed and three wounded, but a US Marine spokesman dismissed the report as false.

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