An Iraqi soldier inspects one of the bodies found today in Baghdad (epa)
September 15, 2006 -- Iraqi police say at least 49 bodies have been found in different parts of Baghdad in the past 24 hours.
They said most bore signs of torture and had gunshot wounds to the head.
Since September 13, more than 100 bodies have been discovered in the Iraqi capital, most of them shot execution-style.
The U.S. military says there has been a spike in Baghdad's murder rate this week.
Meanwhile, the military said four U.S. soldiers were killed during the past 24 hours in Iraq. One soldier was killed during operations in Al-Anbar Governorate, while the other three died in separate car-bomb explosions.
(AFP, Reuters, dpa)
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