Deadly Blasts Rip Through Shiite Neighborhoods in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's capital has been hit by a series of deadly
bomb blasts.

Four bombs ripped through Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad this
evening, killing at least 40 people. More than 80 others were

The first three bombs went off in quick succession. One targeted
a Shiite mosque, while another exploded outside a popular market
and the third went off inside the market where people were doing
their evening shopping ahead of the Muslim weekend.

About an hour later, a parked car bomb targeting a police patrol
killed six people, including one policeman and five bystanders in a
different neighborhood in southwestern Baghdad.

In a separate attack, an American civilian working with an
implementing partner of the U.S. Agency for International
Development was killed. Three other civilians were wounded. Iraqi
police say a bomb exploded near foreign security company vehicles
traveling through eastern Baghdad.

The violence comes as American forces prepare to withdraw by the
end of the year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
AP-NY-06-23-11 1551EDT

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