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Allies Suspect Al Qaeda Link to Bombings in Basra; Death Toll Is Reduced

As the authorities scoured the sites of five nearly simultaneous car bombings that killed dozens of people here on Wednesday, allied military officials said the attacks bore the hallmarks of the Qaeda terrorist network but said they did not have proof. A spokesman for the British forces, which are responsible for the Basra area, lowered the death toll on Thursday to 50, including 20 children, after a closer review of hospital reports. The count was originally 68 dead, as reported by Basra’s provincial governor shortly after the bombings. More than 100 people were injured, including four British soldiers. Several hundred supporters of the militant Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr marched in the streets on Thursday, Agence France-Presse reported. The demonstrators expressed anger and grief over the bombings, which struck several Iraqi police buildings during the morning rush hour. Full Story

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