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Deadly bombing in Baghdad market

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The aftermath of the explosion at the vegetable market

An explosion at a vegetable market in the Iraqi capital Baghdad has killed at least 10 people, officials say.

More then 30 others were wounded in the attack in the mostly Sunni district of Dora, in the south of the capital.

The blast occurred at about 0700 local time (0400 GMT), an interior ministry official said.

A series of deadly bomb attacks has struck Baghdad in recent weeks, killing 355 Iraqis in April and making it the bloodiest month so far this year.

The carnage at the market was followed by a car bomb blast hours later in the central shopping district of Karrada, which killed one person and wounded seven others, security officials said.

April was also the deadliest month for US troops since September, with 18 soldiers killed.

The casualties are nowhere near the 2006-07 levels when the insurgency and sectarian strife were at their peak, but they are part of a rising trend since January this year.

The increase in violence comes just weeks before a 30 June deadline for US troops to withdraw from all Iraqi urban areas, ahead of a planned complete withdrawal by the end of 2011.

Iraqi leaders and US military officials are playing down the upward trend in violence, BBC correspondents say.

Officials say the bomb devices are cruder than in the past, and they are failing to stir up the kind of sectarian reaction which happened before.



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