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At Least 62 Dead in Violence in Iraq


At least 62 people were killed and nearly 250 wounded in one of the bloodiest days in weeks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

In the deadliest attacks Sunday, police say 46 people were killed and more than 200 wounded when up to six car bombs ripped through Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City.

Authorities say the apparently coordinated blasts hit crowded markets in Sadr City shortly before sunset. Sunni insurgents have sought to spark sectarian violence by repeatedly targeting the majority Shi'ite population, while Shi'ites have been blamed for reprisal killings.

Earlier today, at least 11 people were killed in insurgent attacks across Baghdad. Six of the fatalities occurred when a police patrol was hit by a roadside bomb.

In a separate incident, insurgents fired on a car, killing its three occupants, and a mortar shell struck a building in an eastern district, killing two people.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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