BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi officials have raised the casualty toll in
a car bombing in a mainly Shiite area in southern Iraq to as many
as 35 killed and 45 wounded.
Wednesday's blast ripped through a market district in the town
of Bathaa, near Nasiriyah.
It's the latest in a series of high-profile explosions that have
raised concerns about a resurgence of violence as the U.S. military
faces a June 30 deadline to withdraw from urban areas in Iraq.
Officials have given conflicting death tolls as is common in the
chaotic aftermath of bombings in Iraq.
A hospital spokesman in Nasiriyah, Kadhim al-Obeidi, says 35
were killed and 45 wounded.
An Interior Ministry official, speaking on condition of
anonymity because he's not authorized to release the information,
put the death toll at 28.