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Car Bombs Kill Child In Samarra

20 October 2004 -- The U.S. military says two car bombs exploded today in the Iraqi city of Samarra, some 95 kilometers north of Baghdad, killing at least one Iraqi child and wounding 13 people.

U.S. and Iraqi forces seized control of Samarra early this month after the city fell under the control of insurgent groups.

Reports say a large explosion was heard today in central Baghdad, near the Haifa Street area. Witnesses quoted by the AFP news agency said the explosion was caused by a car bomb that detonated alongside a convoy of U.S. tanks.

U.S. troops sealed off the area after the blast. There was no immediate word on casualties.

Earlier today, the U.S. military said it destroyed two houses belonging to followers of militant leader Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi in northern Al-Fallujah.

According to witnesses, a couple and its four children were killed in another attack when U.S. jets bombed their home in Al-Fallujah's central Wahda area.

(compiled from wire reports)

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