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Baghdad car bombings kills 18

BAGHDAD, Apr 6 – A series of rush-hour car bombings in Baghdad killed at least 18 people and wounded 58 others on Monday, law enforcement officials said.

Ten people were killed and 28 injured when a booby-trapped car exploded in a market area of the impoverished Shiite district of Sadr City in north-eastern Baghdad, an interior official said.

In the central Allawi district of the capital, four people were killed and 15 others were wounded in another car bombing. Most victims were workers who were waiting for job assignments, a defence ministry official said.

A car bomb targeting the convoy of a senior interior ministry official killed one civilian and a policeman and injured six other policemen in the south-eastern neighbourhood of New Baghdad.

The official, a brigadier general whose name was given as Sadun, was unhurt.

In Hussainiya, in Baghdad’s far northeast, two people were killed and nine were wounded when a vehicle exploded near a market.

Security has improved dramatically since 2007, when Iraqi and US forces launched offensives against Al-Qaeda militants with the help of local US-financed and trained militias.

However insurgents are still able to strike with deadly results.

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A total of 252 Iraqis were killed in violence in March, almost the same level as the previous month.

Statistics compiled by the defence, interior and health ministries showed 185 civilians, 14 soldiers and 53 policemen were killed across Iraq, while the total number of those wounded stood at 647.

The 258 Iraqis killed in February and the latest monthly figure were both higher than January when 191 Iraqis were killed — the lowest monthly tally since the US-led invasion of March 2003.

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