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7 February 2006 -- Four U.S. Marines died in a pair of roadside bombings in western Iraq.
The U.S. military said three Marines were killed by a bomb blast on 6 February in Al-Hit, 140 kilometers west of Baghdad. Another Marine died from wounds caused by a bomb blast on 5 February in an unspecified location.
Four Iraqis were reported killed when two bombs exploded in a central Baghdad market. A separate explosion killed two Iraqi civilians south of Baghdad.
Correspondents say the blasts highlight the constant danger posed by homemade bombs across Iraq, which have become the deadliest weapon used by insurgents against the U.S.-led military presence.
(compiled from agency reports)
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