Gulf & Middle East
54 killed in Iraq violence
May 13, 2007 - 5:40:27 PM

Baghdad, May 13 - At least 54 people, including 15 insurgents, were killed and over 70 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq Sunday.

Thirty people were killed in a suicide truck bomb attack on a Kurdish party office in the northern Iraqi town of Makhmour Sunday, police said.

'A suicide bomber, driving an explosive-laden truck, struck the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Makhmour town during a meeting in the building, killing at least 30 people and wounding 60 others, including the mayor of the town,' police said.

The blast damaged the headquarters building along with nearby local government and police station buildings in the town located 100 km southeast of Mosul City.

A car bomb went off at a crowded square in downtown Baghdad Sunday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 10, an interior ministry source. The blast damaged several nearby shops, buildings and civilian cars, the source added.

The attack took place in a crowded area close to the popular market of Sadriyah where a truck bomb explosion on April 19 killed up to 140 people and wounded 150.

Gunmen shot dead five workers of a mill of the al-Ahram flourmill in Mahmoudiyah town near Baghdad, sources said. Four workers were also injured in the attack.

In a separate incident, US and Iraqi security forces killed 15 insurgents in overnight clashes in an area near Balad in Baghdad, a provincial police source said.

Police also found 17 unidentified bodies from different parts of the capital. The bullet-riddled bodies were bound and blindfolded, showing signs of torture.

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