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By AL JAZEERA

October 26, 2009

Two car bombs in central Baghdad have killed at least 136 people and wounded more than 550 others, police sources have told Al Jazeera.

The blasts went off less than a minute apart on Sunday, near the ministry of justice and the headquarters of the Baghdad provincial administration close to the Tigris river.

Firefighters pulled charred and mangled bodies off the streets near the provincial government building while burnt-out cars were piled up at the blast site.

There were so many wounded that civilian cars were pressed into service to bring the casualties to area hospitals. (more…)

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New York Times

By SAM DAGHER

BAGHDAD — At least 75 people were killed in a series of truck bombings and other attacks on Wednesday that rocked areas around official buildings in central Baghdad, wounding 300 people, the Interior Ministry said.

Taken together, the attacks were among the most devastating in Baghdad since the withdrawal of American forces from street patrols at the end of June.

The explosions, at least one of them close to the heavily fortified Green Zone security area, sent plumes of dark smoke billowing over the capital, ripped a gaping hole in a compound wall and set cars ablaze, trapping their drivers inside. (more…)

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By BBC NEWS

Two bombs in Afghanistan have killed at least 14 civilians, including several children, just days ahead of nationwide elections, officials say.

The blasts occurred on Wednesday in the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar – both regions are at the heart of the Taliban insurgency. (more…)

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New York Times

By SAM DAGHER

BAGHDAD — A series of bombing attacks against Shiites on Friday near the northern city of Mosul and in Baghdad killed at least 36 people and wounded nearly 100 others, officials said.

The bombings, which appear intended to polarize Iraqis and inflame sectarian passions, coincided with the end of an important Shiite religious occasion, and came one week after five Shiite mosques in Baghdad were bombed in coordinated attacks, killing at least 29. (more…)

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