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|Iraq bombs leave at least 38 dead |
(about 2 hours later)
A bomb has exploded at a busy Baghdad market, killing 24 people and injuring more than 35, Iraqi police say.
Witnesses said body parts and debris were strewn across the Shurja market, a scene of frequent attacks.
At least two people died in a separate blast in the capital, while a bomb at an army recruitment centre in the town of Hilla killed 12 people, police said.
Hilla, the capital of the mixed Sunni and Shia province of Babel, has been frequently targeted by insurgents.
Wednesday's blasts are the latest in a series of attacks which have killed dozens of people across Iraq since the weekend.
They come against a background of a joint US and Iraqi security clampdown that officials insist is working.
|It probably does not feel that way to Baghdad 's citizens, says the BBC's world affairs correspondent Nick Childs.||It probably does not feel that way to Baghdad 's citizens, says the BBC's world affairs correspondent Nick Childs.|
The latest bombings, particularly in the capital, he says, look like by further attempts by insurgents in a political war of nerves to disprove US and Iraqi assertions.
|Renewed attack||Renewed attack|
The roadside bomb went off at the Shurja market at about 1000 local time (0600 GMT), police said.
"There are patches of blood everywhere in the area and firefighters are fighting to quell the fire, as many shops are burning," a police officer told the French news agency AFP.
The blast also injured at least 38 people, according to officials.
Shurja, a teeming maze of streets and stalls, is one of Baghdad's biggest markets.
|It has been attacked before. A blast there three weeks ago left 10 people dead.||It has been attacked before. A blast there three weeks ago left 10 people dead.|
Also on Wednesday, a petrol station in the capital was bombed, leaving at least two people dead.
Just hours earlier, at about 0800 (0400 GMT) , a crowd had gathered outside an army recruitment centre in Hilla when a bomb exploded.
A police spokesman said it was believed the bomb was attached to a bicycle or motorcycle.
|Recruitment centres for the Iraqi army and police have been frequent targets for insurgents.||Recruitment centres for the Iraqi army and police have been frequent targets for insurgents.|
Hilla was the scene of the bloodiest single attack in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003, when about 125 people were killed by a suicide bomber in February 2005.