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Two Dead In Iraqi Newspaper Bombing

(RFE/RL) August 27, 2006 -- Police in Baghdad say a car bomb exploded outside the offices of the government-run "Al-Sabah" newspaper today, killing two people.

At least 20 people were wounded in the blast, which also caused extensive damage to the building and destroyed some 20 cars.

A bomb attack on the newspaper killed one person in May.

Iraqi government facilities and journalists working for state media have been frequently targeted by Sunni Arab insurgents.

In other violence, police say a bomb planted inside a minibus killed at least five people in central Baghdad today. The vehicle carried passengers on a route to the predominantly Shi'ite Karrada district.

Five other people were reported killed in the town of Khalis, north of Baghdad, by a bomb at a food market.

Despite the latest incidents, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said today that violence is decreasing in Iraq. He said Iraq is not in a civil war and "never will be."

(Reuters, AFP, dpa)

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