Gulf & Middle East
Violence kills 32 across Iraq as raids continue
Apr 10, 2007 - 6:28:39 PM

Baghdad, April 10 - At least 32 Iraqis were killed and scores wounded in violence in and around the capital Tuesday, police sources said as joint US-Iraqi army raids continued unabated across Baghdad.

At least six people were killed and more than 20 wounded in a roadside car bombing in the busy al-Gadriya district of southern Baghdad.

The attack occurred near a local college, and eyewitnesses reported seeing a number of ambulances rushing to the scene.

Roads leading to the blast area were immediately sealed off.

At least 16 Iraqis were killed and 30 wounded when a female suicide bomber blew herself up among a crowd of people in the town of al-Muqdadiya, said police sources.

A group of volunteers were gathering in front of a building that houses a police station and a local court in order to sign up for the police force when the suicide attacker detonated her explosives belt.

The attack hit both the civilians and police officers in the area.

Meanwhile, Iraqi and US military forces conducted air and ground raids in al-Fadl district in Baghdad early Tuesday, with news reports and witness accounts claiming that at least 10 Iraqis were killed, including two youths.

According to pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera, a number of people were killed and scores wounded in the raids but it was not clear whether the casualties were civilians or militants.

The intense joint US-Iraqi raids targeted hiding places of insurgents and armed groups deemed responsible for violence in the capital.

Eyewitnesses, however, claimed that US helicopters struck busy residential and commercial areas, while the ground forces reportedly used teargas grenades.

In another development, the US military announced that four of their soldiers were killed in combat operations a day earlier.

One of the soldiers died in al-Anbar province, while the other three were killed when an improvised explosive device was detonated near their patrol in southeastern Baghdad.

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