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At Least 66 Killed In Baghdad Car Bombing

Smoke billowing from the site of the July 1 bombing (AFP) July 1, 2006 -- At least 66 Iraqis have been killed and 98 wounded in a car bombing in Baghdad's poor Shi'ite district of Al-Sadr City.

An Iraqi Interior Ministry official said the bomb went off as a police patrol passed through the crowded district market.

He said most of the dead were civilians, and some were policemen. It's the bloodiest insurgent attack in the Iraqi capital for weeks.

Reports say a Sunni woman member of the Iraqi parliament, Taisir Najah al-Mashhadani, and seven of her bodyguards were abducted by gunmen in northeast Baghdad. She is a member of the Iraqi Accordance Front, the main Sunni bloc in the National Assembly.

(Reuters, AFP)

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