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Car Bomb in Crowded Baghdad Market Kills 25

22 May 2007

Iraqi police say a car bomb explosion has killed at least 25 people in a crowded market in Baghdad Tuesday.

Officials say about 60 others were wounded in the blast in the mostly Shi'ite Amil district in southwestern Baghdad.

In northern Baghdad, gunmen fired on a mini-bus carrying college students, killing eight. A mortar attack on a college in the capital killed at least three other students.

Elsewhere in Baghdad, a roadside bomb blast near a police station, in eastern Zayouna district, killed one person and wounded three others.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military says coalition forces detained 15 al-Qaida suspects during raids in Iraq today, and freed 12 Iraqi hostages held near the town of Karmah.

On Monday, President Bush phoned Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to urge him to move forward with reconciliation initiatives.

A White House spokesman, Tony Fratto, says Mr. Maliki stressed his commitment to national reconciliation. The spokesman says Mr. Bush also reaffirmed U.S. support for Prime Minister Maliki - one year after he took office.

Mr. Bush is facing impatience in the U.S. Congress about the war in Iraq and the lack of progress in resolving Iraq's sectarian divisions.

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

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