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Baghdad bombing: 10 killed, 40 wounded

A dozen others died in attacks, including five policemen and five members of a powerful Shiite religious party.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 09:40 IST

A suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt on Tuesday in a line of Iraqis waiting to receive government payments, killing 10 people and wounding about 40, including children, police said.

A dozen others died in attacks elsewhere in the country, including five policemen and five members of a powerful Shiite religious party.

Saddam Hussein and his seven co-defendants appeared in court as their trial resumed, with the former president complaining that he had been forced to attend.

Al-Arabiya TV broadcast released footage of two German hostages surrounded by their kidnappers, who threatened to kill the captives if Germany doesn't meet their demands.

The suicide attack occurred in a mostly Shiite eastern district of Baghdad as people lined up at a bank to receive government checks to compensate for incomplete food rations.

Police Lt Ali Abbas said the attacker joined the line and blew himself up while security guards were searching people before allowing them to enter the bank.

Ten people were killed and at least 40 wounded, said Interior Ministry spokesman Major Falah al-Mohammedawi. The wounded included three children and nine women, Abbas said.

British military police on Monday arrested one man in their investigation of a video that appeared to show soldiers abusing prisoners in Iraq.

The Ministry of Defence declined to identify the man, who was arrested last night. Video images first reported by the News of the World, a Sunday newspaper, appeared to show soldiers dragging several young Iraqis into a compound and beating them with fists and batons.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 09:40 IST