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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Developments in Iraq on June 20

June 20 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Tuesday as of 0830 GMT.

The new Shi'ite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki has vowed to rein in insurgent and sectarian violence that has killed tens of thousands of people since U.S. forces invaded Iraq in 2003.

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BAGHDAD - Two people were killed and 28 wounded by a roadside bomb near a market in central Baghdad, police said. The target of the explosion was not clear.

*BAGHDAD - Seven people were killed and 18 wounded when a car bomb exploded in a crowded market in eastern Baghdad, police said. Five people were wounded in a similar explosion in southern Baghdad.

*BAGHDAD - The bodies of five people, handcuffed with gunshot wounds in the head, were found in different districts of the capital, police said.

*NEAR HAWIJA - Gunmen opened fire on a car near Hawija, 70 km (43 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, killing three members of the same family, police said.

*BASRA - A suicide bomber killed a woman and wounded five people when he attacked a crowd of pensioners in the southern city of Basra, 550 km (340 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

*FALLUJA - Gunmen killed Hudhairi Abbas, the deputy police chief of Falluja, 50 km (35 miles) west of Baghdad, police said. Monday's shooting prompted U.S. and Iraqi forces to impose a dawn-to-dusk vehicle curfew in Falluja on Tuesday.

*BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed an officer of the protection force of al-Yarmouk hospital in southern Baghdad, police said.

SUWAYRA - Iraqi police retrieved the bodies of seven people from the Tigris river on Monday in Suwayra, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. The bodies were handcuffed, blindfolded and bearing signs of torture, police added.
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