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23 Killed In Baghdad Car Bombings

27 June 2004 -- The U.S. military now says that 23 people were killed in twin car bombings late on 26 June south of Baghdad, revising the death toll from a previous estimate of 40.

A U.S. military statement attributed the revision to fresh reports from Iraqi police and hospital officials. The statement also said 58 people had been wounded, up from a previous estimate of 22.

Most victims in the attack near a mosque in Hilla were believed to be civilians.

Earlier, the U.S. military said two rockets had hit the Baghdad area used as headquarters by the U.S.-led coalition, but still had no word on casualties or damage.

Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said in an interview with a U.S. television network the violence could delay national elections planned for January.

(Reuters, AP, AFP)