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Car Bomb North Of Baghdad Kills At Least 50

28 July 2004 -- Iraqi Health Ministry officials say at least 51 people were killed and around 40 wounded in a massive car bomb explosion today in the town of Baquba, just north of Baghdad.

Bystanders rushed in to help carry away the wounded for emergency treatment.

Iraqi police said a suicide attacker set off the blast outside a police station in a crowded Baquba street, striking civilians shopping at a market and a group of men lining up at a recruitment office for the Iraqi police.

Baquba has experienced frequent car-bombings and attacks over the past year. Many attacks have targeted members of the Iraqi police and the National Guard, who militants regard as collaborators with U.S.-led coalition troops.

The attack comes just days ahead of a national conference planned in Baghdad, where some 1,000 delegates will gather to elect a 100-member National Council to oversee the interim government.


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