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Thursday, October 12, 2006

110 Bodies Found in Baghdad in 24 Hours as the Deaths Continue to Increase

"I am, you know, amazed that this is a society which so wants to be free that they're willing to...you know, that there's a level of violence that they tolerate."
-Bush replying to a question about the Johns Hopkins report saying that 655,000 Iraqis have died since the administration began bombing

Iraqis mourn over the coffin of a relative outside the morgue of a hospital in the restive city of Baquba northeast of Baghdad. US President George W. Bush dismissed as "not credible" an independent US study which estimated that 655,000 Iraqis had died in Iraq since the 2003 US invasion.(AFP/Ali Yussef)

An Iraqi boy leaves a scene after a car bomb exploded at the Qurtuba Square in Baghdad, Iraq , Thursday Oct. 12, 2006. Five people were killed and 11 wounded in the blast, police said. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Relatives weep next to the bodies of the employees of an independent Iraqi television station outside the morgue of a hospital in Baghdad. Gunmen killed nine staff at a television studio and bomb attacks rocked Baghdad as Pentagon officials said plans had been laid to allow US forces to stay in Iraq until 2010 if needed.(AFP/Wissam Al-Okaili)

Iraqi police found 50 bodies dumped across Baghdad on Tuesday, apparent victims of sectarian death squads, and a bombing at a bakery in the capital killed 10 people in the biggest single attack of the day.

The discovery of the bodies, many tortured and all shot, brought to at least 110 the number found in Baghdad in the past two days, an Interior Ministry official said.

A bomb placed under a car outside a bakery in the mostly Sunni Arab southern Baghdad district of Dora reduced the shop to rubble and killed 10 people, many who had been in line outside to buy bread, police said.

At least 25 others were killed in bombings and shootings around Iraq, police and Interior Ministry officials said.

Iraq has been gripped by Sunni-Shiite bloodletting since the bombing of a Shiite Muslim shrine in February. The United Nations estimates that 100 Iraqis die violently every day.


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