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Market in Iraq 'hit by car bomb'

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A car bomb has exploded in a crowded market place in the town of Haditha in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, police say.

At least six people have been killed and many more injured. The bomb exploded at 1030 local time (0730 GMT).

It is not yet known who was behind the attack or what the motive was.

It comes two days after a series of bombings outside mosques in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, which killed at least 29 people.

Anbar province used to be a stronghold for Sunni militants, but violence dropped after tribal leaders allied themselves with US forces.

These attacks come one month after the US troops pulled out of cities across Iraq, handing security over to their Iraqi colleagues.

The BBC's Natalia Antelava in Baghdad says many people were happy to see the American troops leave, but at the same time there is also a real sense of nervousness here about whether the Iraqi security services are capable of protecting them.

The government insists that they are, but the officials also say that the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.



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