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Car bombs kill 16, injures dozens in Iraq

Car bombs killed at least 16 people and injured dozens on Sunday in Baghdad and a Shiite holy city.

india Updated: May 08, 2006 04:26 IST

Car bombs killed at least 16 people and injured dozens on Sunday in Baghdad and a Shiite holy city, casting doubt on US hopes that formation of a new government alone would provide a quick end to the country's violence.

At least 26 others were killed or found dead on Sunday, including a US Marine mortally wounded in the insurgent bastion of Anbar province in western Iraq, police and the US military said. Some of the victims appeared to have been abducted and killed by sectarian "death squads" that target members of rival religious communities. The dead included three brothers whose charred bodies were found before dawn in Baghdad's Dora district, a mixed Sunni-Shiite area and one of the city's most violent.

The deadliest single attack occurred at midmorning when a suicide driver detonated his vehicle near an Iraqi army patrol leaving its base in the Sunni Arab neighbourhood of Azamiyah, killing 10 people and injuring 15, most of them Iraqi soldiers, police Lt Colonel Falah al-Mohammedawi said.

First Published: May 08, 2006 04:26 IST