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Car bombs kill 41 in Baghdad Shiite area

TWO car bombs tore through a crowded commercial district in Baghdad's main Shiite district yesterday, killing at least 41 people, Iraqi police said.

The blasts went off in quick succession less than a week after bombings claimed more than 150 lives over a two-day span. The attacks have raised fears that suspected Sunni insurgents are regrouping and trying to reignite sectarian strife as the United States military begins to withdraw.

Angry young men gathered around the bloodstained pavement and twisted heaps of metal from the cars, which had been parked near a restaurant and an ice cream stand.

The blasts also followed the announcement by the Iraqi government that it has captured the alleged leader of an al-Qaida front group.

Iraqi military spokesman Major General Qassim al-Mussawi said three other explosives-laden cars had been found but defused near the site elsewhere in the city.


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