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Tempo of Violence Quickens; Ballot Counting Nears End

A black-robed suicide attacker exploded an enormous bomb concealed in his sport utility vehicle on Thursday morning in one of Baghdad’s main squares, killing at least four people and greeting the Islamic New Year with more of the carnage that has littered the nation’s streets with the dead for the past two years.The driver of the vehicle – a chunky General Motors model, like those preferred by American contractors – appeared to be trying to catch an American convoy as it speeded past and began crossing the Jumhuriya Bridge, which leads across the Tigris to the fortified American-controlled Green Zone. But he never made it, and instead exploded next to a passing sedan, a witness said. The sedan went up in flames, blood ran along the pavement and windows were blown out in the entire area.Full Story

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