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Iraq car bomb kills seven

Seven people were killed and 21 others wounded by a car bomb just outside Baghdad on Friday evening, a security official said.

world Updated: Sep 19, 2009 02:21 IST

Seven people were killed and 21 others wounded by a car bomb just outside Baghdad on Friday evening, a security official said.

The bomb exploded in the town of Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad, at around 6:00 pm (2030 hrs IST) in a popular market as people were shopping for food to break the fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The town lies within a confessionally mixed region known as the Triangle of Death because of the frequency of insurgent attacks during the worst of Iraq's insurgency in the wake of the 2003 US-led invasion.

The number of violent deaths in Iraq hit a 13-month high in August, raising fresh concerns about stability after the government admitted that security is worsening.

Government statistics showed that 456 people -- 393 civilians, 48 police and 15 Iraqi soldiers -- were killed. That was the highest monthly toll since July 2008, when 465 died.