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Car bomb kills as many as 20 in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) - A car bomb near a crowded market in Baghdad has
killed as many as 20 people.
The attack in a mainly Shiite area is the fifth major one in
Iraq this month.
The blast came a day after the U.S. military said overall
attacks nationwide had fallen to levels of the early months of the
war in 2003.
The car was parked near a bus terminal surrounded by shops in
the eastern Shaab district when it blew up today.
Iraqi police and hospital officials, speaking on condition of
anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the
information, said the 20 killed included four children and four
women. The officials say 35 people also were wounded.
The U.S. military says eight people were killed and 14 were
wounded, but conflicting casualty tolls are common in the chaotic
aftermath of bombings.


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