A suicide car bomb blast has killed at least 68 people in Iraq -- in the worst bombing since the transfer of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government on June 28th.
Iraq's health ministry says more than 50 people were wounded in the blast near a police recruiting center in the town of Baquba, north of Baghdad today (Wednesday).
The blast obliterated market stalls and several buildings, and killed 21 people traveling in a bus.
Meanwhile, authorities say at least 35 insurgents and seven Iraqi troops, fighting alongside coalition forces, were killed during a gun battle in the southern town of Sueira.
And, the U.S. military says one American soldier was killed and three wounded in a roadside bomb blast in the town of Balad Ruz, north of Baghdad. Information for this story is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.