Some 100 people, including five US troops, were killed Thursday in Iraq. A suicide bomber set off explosives near one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines Thursday, killing almost 50 people, officials said. The bombing took place in an area between the two main Shi'ite shrines in the city, and was likely caused by a suicide bomber.
Many of the casualties were street vendors and visitors to the Imam Hussein shrine, one of the holiest for Shi'ite Muslims. A police officer said 49 people were killed and 52 were wounded.
Also Thursday, a suicide bomber detonated himself Thursday outside a police recruiting center in the city of Ramadi, killing at least 50 people and wounding another 40, police and hospital officials said, according to the AP.
The attack took place at a police screening center in Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad. At least 30 people were killed, said Mohammed al-Ani, a doctor at Ramadi General Hospital and police Capt. Nassir al-Alousi.
The U.S. military stated a roadside bomb killed five American soldiers patrolling in the Baghdad area.