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12 Explosions in Iraq Kill at Least 160

12 Explosions in Iraq Kill at Least 160



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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- More than 160 deaths are now confirmed in Baghdad, after a series of insurgent bomb attacks today.

Al-Qaida in Iraq is claiming responsibility. It links the attacks to the recent killing of about 200 militants by U-S and Iraqi forces.

The first attack -- and the deadliest -- killed at least 112 people in a heavily Shiite neighborhood. It struck in an area where day laborers had gathered for work.

Iraq's prime minister is quoted as saying Iraqi forces have arrested two insurgents in connection with that bombing. One is described as a Palestinian, and the other a Libyan.

There were more than a dozen bombings, starting shortly after dawn and continuing until late afternoon. They coincided with an announcement from Iraqi lawmakers that the country's draft constitution is in its final form, and will be sent to the U-N for printing and distribution.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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