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Bombs kill at least 6 people in Baghdad

The first blast occurred when a parked car bomb struck about 9 am near the Finance Ministry.
None | By Associated Press, Baghdad
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2007 04:03 PM IST

Two bombs struck Shiite targets in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing a total of six people and wounding more than 10, police said.

The first blast occurred when a parked car bomb struck about 9 am near the Finance Ministry, which is run by Bayan Jabr, a Shiite and former interior minister.

One civilian was killed and four other people were wounded, including a ministry guard, police said.

A bomb planted under a car exploded about 45 minutes later in the predominantly Shiite commercial district of Karradah in downtown Baghdad, killing four people, including a woman and a 7-year-old boy, and wounding seven other people, police said.

The blast collapsed part of the wall of a brick building, leaving a ground floor apartment exposed with a mass of rubble and mangled cars in the alley.

"Why are the insurgents detonating bombs near our houses every day? Everyday we have a blast, what have we done wrong? May Allah curse everybody who hurts the people," an elderly woman shrouded in black said as she stood amid the wreckage.

In other violence, police pulled a bullet-riddled body that showed signs of torture from the Tigris River in Suwayrah, 40 kilometres south of Baghdad.

Police also said gunmen shot to death an Iraqi contractor in the predominantly Shiite town of Musayyib, 60 kilometres south of Baghdad.

A roadside bomb struck a police patrol in the northern city of Mosul, killing one policemen and wounding two, according to police.

Elsewhere in Baghdad, a roadside bomb targeting a police patrol struck the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah, wounding a child, police said.

Police also said six people waiting to collect welfare benefits were wounded when a bomb left in a sack exploded at a social welfare department in eastern Baghdad.

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