Violence in Iraq Leads to More Deaths

BAGHDAD (AP) _ A pet market in central Baghdad and a police
checkpoint in the northern city of Mosul are the latest
targets of extremists in Iraq.

Bomb attacks today left at least 26 people dead.

A bomb in a box normally used to carry small animals killed 13
people at an outdoor pet market at a popular weekly bazaar. Dozens
more people were wounded.

Hours later, a suicide car bomber struck a police checkpoint in
Mosul, killing three police officers and 10 civilians.

The attacks are among the deadliest in weeks and underscore
warnings by senior American commanders that extremists still pose a
threat to Iraq's fragile security.

The pet market blast is seen as particularly significant because
it dealt a blow to an increased feeling of confidence among Iraqis
about the recent calm.

In other violence, a bomb in a parked car targeted a police
patrol in a town in northern Iraq, killing one officer and wounding
15 others.


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