Gulf & Middle East
16 killed, 26 wounded in Baghdad
Apr 19, 2007 - 7:20:45 PM

Baghdad, April 19 - At least 16 Iraqis were killed and over 26 wounded Thursday in two separate attacks in Baghdad, a day after a series of deadly bombings left some 195 persons killed around Iraq.

In southern Baghdad's Jadiriya district, at least 13 were killed and 25 others wounded when a vehicle bomb went off, witnesses said.

In another incident, at least three Iraqis were killed and one wounded in a mortar shell attack in southern Baghdad, according to the Iraqi police.

A residential area in the Sa'farana district in western Baghdad was bombarded with mortar shells killing at least three Iraqis, including one woman, and injuring a child, the source added.

Ambulances rushed to the scene as police and army forces were deployed in the area.

The death toll from Wednesday's series of bomb blasts rose Thursday to at least 195, with hundreds of others injured.

Of the many bomb attacks Wednesday, the three largest explosions took place in mainly Shiite areas of Baghdad, making it one of the deadliest days in Iraq for years.

The European Union and the US have condemned the attacks. In Tel Aviv, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates called Wednesday's bombings 'horrifying' and accused al-Qaeda of being behind the attacks.

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