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21 Killed in Iraq and Dozens Hurt in Bomb Attacks

A suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with explosives into a convoy of foreign contractors on Monday, killing at least 13 people in a busy Baghdad neighborhood during the morning rush hour. Around the same time, two more bombs went off, one south of the capital, one north, claiming eight more lives, making it one of the deadliest days in Iraq in the past month. One American, two Britons, a French citizen and a Filipino were killed in the Baghdad bombing, military officials said. Three were General Electric employees working on power plants in Iraq, and two were their security guards. Iraqi officials said dozens of Iraqis were wounded in the attack, in addition to the eight Iraqi civilians who were killed. Iyad Allawi, Iraq’s designated prime minister, called a news conference to express his outrage at the violence. “These people were helping to rebuild our country,” he said. American officials said the bombings were part of a well-organized campaign to derail the June 30 transfer of authority. The officials have repeatedly warned of major terrorist strikes in the days leading up to June 30, and more than 80 people have been killed in the past two weeks in a rash of bombings and assassinations. Full Story

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