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Monday, July 17, 2006

Developments in Iraq on July 17

July 17 (Reuters) - The following are security developments in Iraq on Monday as of 1130 GMT.

MAHMUDIYA - Gunmen stormed a crowded market in the town of Mahmudiya, 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, amid mortar or grenade explosions, the U.S. military, police and the mayor said. A local hospital put the death toll at 56, with another 67 wounded. But the Ministry of Defence had a different account, saying two car bombs had exploded, killing 42 people.

TUZ KHURMATU - Police said 25 people were killed and 18 wounded in Sunday night's explosion in a popular cafe in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, 170 km (106 miles) from Baghdad, in which a suicide bomber blew himself up.

DIWANIYA - Two U.S. soldiers were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their convoy in Diwaniya, 180 km (112 miles) south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - A U.S. soldier died from wounds after coming under fire in western Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

HADITHA - Gunmen killed Laith al-Rawi, local leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party, one of the main Sunni parties, in Haditha, 240 km (150 miles) northwest of Baghdad, on Sunday, the Islamic Party said.
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