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At Least 12 Killed As Blasts Rock Baghdad


Three explosions rocked a busy market in the Iraqi capital today, resulting in what police and hospital workers are describing as a large number of casualties.

The blasts occurred in Shurja, a commercial district in central Baghdad on the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

Initial reports said at least 10 people were killed by the blasts.

In a separate attack, a bomb attached to a minibus exploded in the Shi'ite neighborhood of Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, killing one civilian.

In the Zayouna area of eastern Baghdad, gunmen using silencers assassinated a police brigadier general in a drive-by shooting today.

Meanwhile, in the town of Taji, about 20 kilometers north of Baghdad, four bombs exploded today near the home of Yassin Essa Dawoud, a local leader in the government-backed Awakening Councils which turned against Iraq's insurgency.

Four people were killed by the explosions, including Dawoud's wife and brother.

compiled from agency reports