Bombs kill 51 in Baghdad neighborhood

June 17, 2008 at 4:54 PM
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BAGHDAD, June 17 (UPI) -- Bombs exploded in a bus terminal near a crowded market in Baghdad, killing at least 51 people and wounding 75 Tuesday, Iraqi officials said.

The explosions occurred during one of the busiest times of the day while shoppers moved through a Shiite neighborhood market in Hurriya, a northwest Baghdad neighborhood, The New York Times reported.

People fleeing the site of the blasts told a Times reporter two bombs detonated, not a single explosive as reported by Iraqi officials.

Meanwhile, 11 people, including a police chief and an Iraqi journalist, were killed Tuesday in violence around Iraq, officials reported.

Local police said a roadside bomb exploded between Wasit and Diyala provinces, killing Aziziya police chief Col. Saleh Mehdi Kuneihar and another police officer, CNN reported. Two others were wounded.

Iraqi journalist Muhieddin Abdul Hamid was killed by gunmen in Mosul, police in the northern Iraqi city said. Hamid, an anchor for the Nineveh channel in Iraq, was killed in a drive-by shooting outside of his home.

Four people died in a coalition forces-led raid in Mosul and four others were killed in a suicide attack in Baghdad, officials said.

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