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Death toll rises to 50 in Iraq bombing

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Three people died and 11 were hurt in two roadside bombings in northeastern Baghdad Tuesday, while the death toll in a Monday suicide bombing in Karbala rose to 50, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.

A roadside bomb blast killed three people, including two traffic police officers, and wounded seven others along a road in the mixed Sunni-Shiite Binook neighborhood just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, a ministry official said.

Four were hurt by a roadside bomb on Commercial Street in the Shabb Shiite neighborhood at 11 a.m., the official said.

The Karbala attack, in which a female suicide bomber apparently targeted Shiite worshippers just before evening prayer services Monday on a busy street, killed 50 and hurt 74 others, the official said.

Karbala is a Shiite holy city, southwest of the capital city of Baghdad. It’s the site of the Imam Hussein shrine, one of Shiite Islam’s holiest locations. The shrine marks the burial spot of Hussein bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who was killed in battle nearby in 680.

Earlier Monday, in Baghdad, a roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi police patrol, killing one officer and wounding another, the Interior Ministry told CNN.

A short time later, another roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi police patrol on Palestine Street in eastern Baghdad, wounding four bystanders, a ministry official said.

The first attack took place about 8:30 a.m. in the upscale Mansour neighborhood, where law enforcement officials have come under frequent attacks in recent weeks.

Also Monday, two American soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad, officials said.

The incident occurred about 12:20 p.m. as the soldiers were conducting a route-clearance combat operation north of Baghdad, according to a news release. The names of the soldiers were not immediately released.

Meanwhile, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in the Iraqi capital Monday on an unannounced visit.

Cheney told reporters that the five years in Iraq since the war’s start has been well worth the effort.

He said he met with top Iraqi officials. He appeared at a news conference with Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to the country.

Cheney began a trip to the Middle East on Sunday with an official itinerary that listed stops in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and the West Bank, according to the White House.
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March 18, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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