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Dozens killed in Iraq Hilla blast
Hospital officials say most of the wounded have serious injuries.
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2007 18:09 GMT
The attack came a day after 16 people died when four car bombs rocked the centre of the capital [AFP]
At least 26 people have been killed and 69 others wounded by a suicide lorry bombing at a market packed with shoppers in the centre of Iraq's southern city of Hilla.
 
Police and hospital officials said the driver of the lorry detonated his payload in the middle of the Bab al-Mashhad district on Tuesday morning.
"Most of the wounded were women and children, and the blast destroyed 15 vehicles and about 20 nearby shops," said Lieutenant Eid al-Shammari of the local police.
 
Mohammed Dhia, head surgeon at the Hilla hospital, confirmed the casualties.

Dhia said that 25 of those wounded had serious injuries, including severe burns.

 

The bombing in Hilla came hours before the US ambassador to Iraq and his Iranian counterpart met in a second round of face-to-face talks aimed at controlling Iraq's violence.

 

Deadly bombings

 

Hilla, about 95km south of Baghdad, has been the site of some of the deadliest bombings in the country, including a double suicide attack on 6 March that killed 120 people.

 

The attack came a day after at least 16 people died when four car bombs rocked the centre of the capital.

 

Police, morgue and hospital officials reported a total of at least 59 people killed or found dead nationwide on Monday, and the American military announced the deaths of three soldiers and a marine.

 

In related developments, American forces captured 20 suspected "terrorists" on Tuesday in three synchronised raids in towns north of Baghdad against Al-Qaeda group in Iraq, the military said.

  

One of the suspects was a foreign fighter suspected of involvement in a suicide truck bomb attack on a police station in the town of Samarra on 6 May which killed 12 Iraqi patrolmen and partially demolished the building.

 

"We're continuing to hunt down those who terrorise the people of Iraq. Criminals and foreign terrorists have no place in the future of this country," Major Marc Young, a US military spokesman, said.

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