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Car Bombs Rock 6 Churches in Iraq

29 January 2006

Iraqi police say car bomb attacks at churches in Baghdad and Kirkuk have killed at least three people and wounded several others.

They say the cars exploded at nearly the same time outside two churches in Kirkuk and four in Baghdad.

The blasts came shortly after Iraqi authorities adjourned the trial of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein until at least Wednesday. Saddam, some co-defendants and his lawyers stormed out of court Sunday after the new presiding judge expelled Saddam's half brother, co-defendant Barzan al-Tikriti.

The former Iraqi leader and seven co-defendants are accused of killing 148 people in the town of Dujail after a failed attempt to assassinate Saddam there in 1982.

In other violence Sunday, a suicide car bomber killed four Iraqi soldiers near Saddam's hometown of Tikrit. Another insurgent attack killed 10 people south of Baghdad.

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