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Deadly bomb attacks hit Baghdad


Aftermath of bombing in Baghdad

A series of six bombs in Baghdad has killed more than 34 people and injured about 110, as the US military announced its first combat death in weeks.

One blast tore through the crowded Shia district of Sadr City, killing 12 people and wounding 28.

Another in the busy, central area of Allawi killed at least six labourers and injured more than 15.

The attacks come as violence across Iraq has fallen to levels not seen since 2003.

However insurgents are still able to strike with deadly results, claiming more than 200 lives in both February and March.

Map Baghdad

The January figure of 191 Iraqis killed is the lowest monthly toll since the US-led war began in March 2003.

Privately, some US military and Iraqi government officials have expressed concern that the violence might again rise as US troops are pulled out.

In other attacks in the Iraqi capital on Monday, a car bomb missed the convoy of an interior ministry official, but killed two bystanders, including a policeman, in the neighbourhood of New Baghdad.

Another blast shook a market area of Husseiniya, on Baghdad's northern outskirts.

It is not clear if any of the attacks were connected.

In Sadr City, angry survivors hurled stones at Iraqi soldiers at the site of one of the blasts and soldiers had to fire into the air to disperse the crowd, the AFP news agency reported.

Meanwhile, the US military said one soldier had died as a result of a combat operation in the volatile northern Diyala province. The statement did not provide any details.

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