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34 Killed in Baghdad Bombings - 2003-10-27


A police official in Baghdad says 34 people have been killed in a series of bombings around the Iraqi capital.

In the deadliest bombing, a vehicle packed with explosives blew up this (Monday) morning outside a building used by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Officials say at least 12 people were killed and many others wounded by the blast.

Guards said the bomb was in a vehicle marked as an ambulance, which crashed into a barrier and exploded.

About the same time as the Red Cross bombing, four other blasts were reported near police stations across Baghdad.

An Iraqi police official (Deputy Interior Minister Ahmed Ibrahim) says today's (Monday's) bombs killed a total of 34 people and wounded 224.

In one incident, an Iraqi official said a U.S. military policeman and three Iraqi policemen were killed when a pickup truck exploded as it sped toward a police station. Many Iraqi civilians were wounded by the blast.

The bombings came as Iraqis were marking the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Earlier, three American soldiers were killed and four others wounded late Sunday in two attacks on military units in the Baghdad area. One soldier was killed and two were wounded in a mortar attack on the Abu Ghraib prison. Two soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in the capital.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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