25 killed, 64 wounded in Iraq bomb blasts

Iman Kadim lies in a hospital after being injured in a car bombing in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad on Saturday.

Associated Press

Iman Kadim lies in a hospital after being injured in a car bombing in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad on Saturday.

BAGHDAD — A pair of car bombs killed more than two dozen people on Saturday, shattering a recent period of calm and serving as a grim reminder that recent gains remain fragile.

The attacks included one in the Iraqi capital — the first major attack in more than a week — that killed at least 22 people and injured 54.

In other violence, a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq fugitive was killed in a gunbattle with police in the western city of Ramadi, police said. He was one of four inmates who escaped during a jailbreak and ensuing riot at a Ramadi police station on Friday that left six police officers and seven insurgents dead.

Iraqi police said they killed escaped prisoner Emad Farhan in a gunbattle inside the home of a family he had taken hostage in western Iraq. The family was not harmed, the officer said. Farhan was considered a ranking leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.

The latest bomb attack came in Baghdad's al-Zahra square, in the northern Shiite neighborhood of Kazimiyah.

The office of Iraqi army spokesman Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the blast killed at least 22 people, while a U.S. military spokesman, Capt. Charles Calio, said 20 were killed and 25 wounded.

An Iraqi soldier and two other people were killed and 10 others wounded when a car bomb exploded as they were trying to defuse it in Musayyib, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, an Iraqi police officer said.

25 killed, 64 wounded in Iraq bomb blasts 12/27/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 2:33pm]

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