At least 26 dead in Iraq

Published December 9th, 2006 - 02:57 GMT

A suicide car bomb has killed at least six people and injured dozens near one of Iraq's holiest Shiite shrines in the central city of Karbala. Elsewhere, attacks claimed 10 more lives.


Salim Kadhim, spokesman for Karbala's health department, said that six men had been died and 47 people injured -- including two women and a child -- in the car bombing, according to an initial toll. The bomber was also killed, he said, according to the AP.


The explosion erupted at 11:00 am (local time) Saturday in Al-Abbas street, a few hundred metres (yards) from the Imam al-Abbas mausoleum. Several civilian cars and a row of shops caught fire.


Karbala city authorities ordered roads into the city closed to traffic from other towns.


Police said four people were killed, including a 10-year-old girl, in separate and indiscrimate attacks by gunmen on crowds of civilians in Baquba, north of Baghdad. In the northern city of Mosul a car bomb in the central Yarmuk neighbourhood killed three people and injured another three, police Colonel Abdul Karim al-Juburi said.


In Baghdad, primary school headmaster Yussif Faraj al-Shimari was shot dead in the southern neighbourhood of Dura, while two more people died in mortar attacks on the mixed district of Adhamiyah, police said.


Overnight, Baghdad police found the bodies of 10 people who had been shot dead at close range, then dumped in the street.

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