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Multiple Blasts Rock Downtown Baghdad


http://gdb.rferl.org/2b4083d7-87ad-4809-b2e7-290d0a8887e2_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/2b4083d7-87ad-4809-b2e7-290d0a8887e2_mw800_mh600.jpg (RFE/RL) 24 October 2005 -- Three explosions rocked central Baghdad today near hotels that house foreign reporters.

Reuters quotes Iraqi police as saying 11 people died in the blasts.

Two small blasts were followed by a massive explosion near the Palestine and Sheraton hotels that sent a huge cloud
of smoke into the sky.

Television footage shows shattered windows and falling debris from the 19-story Palestine Hotel.

(international agencies)
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