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Attacks in Baghdad Kill More than 30 Iraqis


11 July 2006

A series of attacks in and around Baghdad has killed more than 30 people - despite a plea from Iraq's Prime Minister for an end to sectarian violence

Near Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, the U.S. military said two suicide bombings and a roadside bomb blast killed 15 Iraqis and one policeman.

Gunmen in a Sunni Arab district of the capital killed at least 10 people in an ambush of a vehicle carrying a coffin for burial in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf.

Five others were killed when gunmen attacked the offices of an Iraqi contracting company in the western Mansur district.

Separately, Iraq's consul to the Iranian city of Kermanshah was abducted near his home in Baghdad's mostly Shi'ite district of Amil.

On Monday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appealed to Iraq's Shi'ites and Sunni Arabs to end the strife and "unite as brothers" in the fight against terrorism.

Speaking to the Kurdish regional parliament in northern Iraq, Mr. Maliki said there is no choice, but to defeat those who want to return Iraq to its dark days.

Meanwhile, the trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants accused of crimes against humanity has been adjourned again, this time until July 24.

The chief judge announced the adjournment today after lawyers for two defendants presented their closing arguments. Saddam and several other defendants boycotted the session.

All of the accused could face the death penalty, if convicted.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.



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