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Car Bomb Blast Kills 25 in Central Baghdad

26 July 2007

Iraqi police say a car bomb has killed 25 people and wounded more than 70 in central Baghdad.

The attack took place in a busy shopping area in the predominately Shi'ite district of Karrada Thursday.

In other violence, a roadside bomb killed five Iraqi security personnel on patrol south of Baghdad between Hillah and Diwaniyah, and five others were killed while carrying out a raid near the northern town of Tikrit.

In the northern city of Kirkuk, a car bomb attack near a restaurant killed at least six people and wounded 35. Also, the U.S. military Thursday announced the deaths of six American service members in combat in Iraq this week.

In neighboring Jordan Thursday, a top Iraqi official called on the international community to assist nations who are hosting hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees.

The official, secretary general of Iraq's foreign ministry, Mohammed al-Haji Hmoud, spoke at an international conference on the Iraqi refugee crisis.

The United Nations estimates that some 750,000 Iraqi refugees have fled to Jordan, while some 1.4 million Iraqis have fled to Syria in recent years. Amman says hosting the Iraqis in Jordan has cost the country about $1 billion a year.

Wednesday, car bomb attacks in Baghdad killed at least 50 people, many of them celebrating an Iraqi national team victory in the Asia Cup football (soccer) tournament.

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