Friday, December 14, 2007

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New York Times
December 14, 2007
Violent Day in Iraq Begins With Liquor Store Bombings

BAGHDAD — Homemade bombs hit two Baghdad liquor stores early Thursday, and attacks in several other parts of the city killed two people and wounded at least seven others. Eleven more deaths were reported from attacks outside Baghdad, and 19 bodies were found in Baghdad and elsewhere.

Two improvised roadside bombs hit other Baghdad neighborhoods on Thursday but caused no deaths or injuries, the Interior Ministry official said.

The president of a technical college in Baghdad, Dr. Sabah Ahmed al-Hasani, and his daughter suffered serious injuries after gunmen attacked their vehicle at a busy thoroughfare here.

The police in Baghdad also discovered the remains of three men who had gunshot wounds in the head, the ministry official said.

In Diyala Province, a violent region northeast of Baghdad where Sunni Arab militants have tried to gain a foothold, the police in the town of Muqdadiya discovered the bodies of 16 men, several of which had been decapitated.

Also, a roadside bomb near a gas station in the town of Khanaqin killed four people and wounded 10 others late Wednesday evening, and in Baquba, the capital of Diyala Province, gunmen killed a member of a neighborhood committee, a police official the

On Thursday morning, many of the families of the 27 people killed in a triple car bombing Wednesday in the southern city of Amara transported the remains to a well-known burial ground in Najaf, the Shiite holy city south of Baghdad.

Most of the 20 vehicles that arrived with coffins lashed to their roofs were draped with Iraqi flags, said Hussein Abu Seiba, a gravedigger in Wadi al-Salam cemetery in Najaf, one of the largest Shiite burial grounds in Iraq.

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