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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2006, 19:50 GMT 20:50 UK
Baghdad market bomb kills 13
Bullet holes
Many Iraqis face the prospect of random daily violence
Police in Iraq tell the BBC a car bomb has exploded in a market in a mainly Shia district of northern Baghdad. At least 13 people are reported killed.

The attack comes a day after 25 were killed when a bomb went off in a busy market area near a Shia mosque in the town of Howaider, near Baghdad.

Earlier the US military in Iraq said a roadside bomb had killed a US soldier south-west of Baghdad on Thursday.

A day earlier, three US soldiers were killed in similar bombings, it said.

A police spokesman said government employees have been targetted in several attacks in the capital:

  • Gunmen killed Mahmoud Ahmed, brother of Tareq al-Hashemi, who is widely expected to become the speaker of the new parliament

  • A foreign ministry worker was kidnapped

  • A health ministry employee was injured and her driver killed in an ambush

  • A housing ministry worker was also wounded in a shooting

The police said several pedestrians were injured in roadside bomb blasts and shootings elsewhere in Baghdad.

US MILITARY ASSESSMENT OF STABILITY IN IRAQ
Ratings based on governance, security and economic situations
Stable: Fully-functioning government; strong economic development; local security forces maintain rule of law
Moderate: Government functions, but with some concerns; economy developing slowly, with unemployment problems; security under control but with potential for instability
Serious: Government not fully formed; economy stagnant; unemployment high; routine anti-Iraq forces activity, assassinations and extremism
Critical: Government not functioning or only single strong leader; no infrastructure for economy to develop; high levels of anti-Iraq forces activity, assassinations and extremism
Assessment made in January 2006. Sectarian violence in Iraq has surged since February




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