A suicide car bomber in the Iraqi capital has killed at least 27 people. Police say many of the victims were children gathering candy handed out by U.S. troops.
The U.S. military says one American soldier was among the dead and that several critically wounded children were evacuated to a U.S. Army hospital. The French news agency reported the bodies of children lying on the floor of a nearby hospital morgue, several of them still clutching chocolate bars.
A similar attack last September killed 35 Iraqi children who were running toward U.S. troops throwing sweets from a convoy.
In other developments, U.S. troops have captured a man they say is a top aide to al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. General Richard Myers described Abu Abd al-Aziz as Zarqawi's main lieutenant in Baghdad.
Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.