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Baghdad hit by series of deadly bombs

BAGHDAD (AP) - Bombings have killed at least 13 people in and
around Baghdad today. In the deadliest incident, Iraqi police say at least five people were killed and 20 wounded by a car bomb. Meanwhile, a roadside bomb exploded next to a bus carrying Iraqi
high school students to their final exams, killing at least three
and wounding 13. The attack took place in Baghdad's former militia
stronghold of Sadr City. Police say another blast, caused by a car bomb, occurred on the east side of the Tigris River in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The explosion killed two people and wounded 11 others. A roadside bomb also targeted a police patrol in a commercial area of eastern Baghdad, wounding nine people. Violence has been escalating ahead of a June 30 deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from major cities and urban areas in Iraq. Officials have warned they expect militants to step up attacks around that deadline.

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