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Blasts Strike Market As Iraqi Shi'a Mark Shrine's Destruction --> (RFE/RL) February 12, 2007 -- At least 71 people have been killed and more than 150 wounded in a series of bombings in central Baghdad today.

First, a parcel bomb exploded in the crowded Bab al-Sharqi area, killing at least nine people and wounding 19.

Later, two cars packed with explosives blew up in quick succession near the Shorja market district. Those two blasts killed around 62 people.

The blast went off moments after a brief pause in work ordered by the Iraqi government to mark the first anniversary of a bomb attack on a holy Shi'ite shrine.

The bombing of the Al-Askari Mosque in Samarra on February 22 -- one year ago yesterday on the Muslim calendar -- sparked an upsurge in sectarian violence that has killed thousands.

(AFP, Reuters, AP)

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